There's nothing we like more than seeing previously unavailable albums magically reappear on the Internet. It's like finding a box of forgotten old childhood pictures. Fell's records have been a bit difficult to find due to the fact that the band's label, Camera Obscura Records, based in Australia, has tapered off its releases, leaving most of its catalogue out of print. Thankfully, you can snag two of Fell's full-lengths (A Farewell to Echoes and Fell) right now on Bandcamp for a "name your price" fee.
If you're a fan of shoegaze awash in a sea of reverb with a tint of melancholy and noise, either record should be right up your alley. If you're a little on the fence, we'd recommend "Psychedelic Tornado" as a good primer.
Founded by frontman Josh Wambeke, Fell's dreamy psychedelics have drawn a lot of interest over the years, including props from Thurston Moore and Byron Coley for A Farewell to Echoes in 2009. Fell has been teasing a new album for the last year, but in the meantime, Wambeke has also been busy with his solo project, >The Morning Clouds, a much more poppy, perhaps even happy record. We're hoping the recent digital resurgence might be a sign a new record is well on its way to completion.
UPDATE: We talked with Josh Wambeke, and it turns out Fell's label, Camera Obscura, is not just gone, but when the owner died, all of the back catalogue was destroyed, so these digital files are the only way you're going to hear Fell from now on. The good news is that Wambeke plans on adding the bands' second album, Incoherent Lullabies, to Bandcamp in the coming days as well as a set of B-sides. If that's not enough, the recording of Fell's newest album is finished, and Wambeke promises it's going to be a slightly different sound than we've come to expect. There is still mixing and mastering to be done, but we're told to look for it in early 2012.