May 1, 2003

Test Spin: A Fine Kettle of Fish

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Towns have sounds and sounds have towns. Some towns sound like hip-pop. Some sounds sound like Memphis. Sounds are possessive and are often identified with specific cities, states, or regions and range from the smooth sounds of 1960s Motown, to the drizzly prattling of Seattle grunge, to the mellow medleys of everyone’s favorite collegetown, Ithaca, NY.

Motown brought us the honeyed harmonies of The Temptations and the Jackson Five, while Seattle unleashed years of repressed anguish by way of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. And true to form, Ithaca proffers fish right out of Cascadilla Creek, A Fine Kettle of Fish that is.

Fish’s Catch of the Day is like a local soundtrack, capturing the easiness and eccentricity that makes Ithaca unique. Gently interblending guitars, keyboards, lulling vocals, and handclaps, the Fish make folk magic on tunes like “Painter Man” and “As the Day Ends.” Relaxing, enchanting, and surprisingly consoling, Catch of the Day is certainly a must-have for anyone who is in search of an authentic Ithaca experience.

Archived article by Justin Finch

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