Formed in Columbus in 2015, dream pop outfit Fine Animal are starting to make noise in their newfound home of Portland, OR. Consisting of “circuit-bender” Kelan Gilbert and “key-pusher” Lucy Oaks, the band saw notable success with their debut LP, Before the Glow. The album was a enchanting expression of sleek production and delicate melodies that caught the attention of numerous publications and fellow artists. It even secured the duo notable opening spots for RATATAT, Mr. Twin Sister, Zola Jesus, Small Black and BATHS. Recently, Before the Glow was the user-selected album of the month for Feedbands Vinyl Club in October of 2016.
Fine Animal have also been a featured artist on the NPR radio program, Echoes. Kelan and Lucy have since begun writing and recording new material in their new home base of the Pacific Northwest.
“Heavenly. Angelic. Complete and total inner peace.”
– The Most Definitely
“Before the Glow embodies the kind of mystery that makes you keen on listening for every moment; it’s a startling vessel of strength and beauty, a royal-blooded babe.”
– Independent Clauses
“Weaving together a slew of soft, breezy textures, Before the Glow, the debut album from Columbus, Ohio’s Fine Animal sparkles, shuffles and whips around you. The duo (vocalist/keyboardist Lucy Oaks and guitarist/vocalist Kelan Gilbert) boldly explores the limits of electronic expression, taking cues from Air, Bonobo and St. Vincent.”
– Culture Collide
“Fine animal indeed. An intriguing specimen of many a form and function. A combination of speed and agility, with such grace it elevates heart rates and hypnotized the minds of its experiencers. Fine Animal is certainly a sum of its parts in the best sense possible.”
“If the description, ‘chill wave music for ice skating’ sounds as awesome and appealing to you as it did to me, then read on to discover some seriously dreamy and futuristic tunes from your new favorite indie electronic duo[…]If you’re into artists like Phantogram or Sigur Ros but want something a bit more edgy and dynamic, then Fine Animal is one band you won’t want to pass up.”
“With a sound that melts into the room Fine Animal have an underlying calmness that can’t help but engross the mind as wave upon wave of electronics fold gently over each other, as almost imperceptible guitars give an immediacy, whilst a captivating vocal fascinates the ears. Just over a year into their existence the duo have been able to provide a ‘must have’ collection of compositions which have been well thought through and delivered. What I particularly like about Fine Animal is the way that they are able to take complex ideas and deliver them in a way that doesn’t leave the audience perplexed, rather, hypnotized, whilst retaining the natural instinct that I always look for in bands who I think add value to the world for their very existence. Whilst there is a decent catalogue of material building, I look forward to much more, whilst, lounging, listening to an hour or two of Fine Animal.”
– Emerging Indie Bands