Fotoform

Taking their name from a mid-century avant-garde photography movement, Seattle’s Fotoform create melodic, gauzy, and driving post-punk. The band takes an ambitious leap forward with their second album, Horizons. With recording sessions bookending the lockdown, Horizons pivots from the wall of guitars on their self-titled debut to a more nuanced and cinematic follow-up, adding synths and layers of guitars, drawing on the textures of shoegaze and dream pop with the drive of post-punk. Now joined by Michael Schorr (Death Cab for Cutie, Long Winters), Fotoform have further refined their plaintive, bass-driven kinetic swoon which was described by The Big Takeover as “a riot of ‘80s post-punk.” On their latest release, Horizons, the band have updated their dark, left-of-the-dial moods and melodies, weaving in traces of The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Chameleons. Listeners can also hear shimmering tapestries of the Cocteau Twins, For Against and Slowdive as well as contemporaries Drab Majesty and Soft Kill