FRESH MILLIONS interview at ACL Music Festival

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PRESENTED BY BARBARA RAPPAPORT

Samples and other electronic sounds give Fresh Millions' fun, fresh instrumental rock music a modern flair, but it's live instruments that make the music pop. Propelled by keyboards and bass, "Forever" is an effervescent collage of sounds, while Mike Fonseca's erratic drum fills provide the momentum on which the rest of the instruments build.

Vocal samples crop up throughout "Forever," most notably in the track's introduction; the track builds up not unlike a typical house tune, although the beat barrage never takes shape. Instead, a guitar riff by Danny Fuller leads the assault while a melange of other sounds keeps the movement swirling. Buried are layers of keyboards, playing various melodies and countermelodies of their own.

While the final result may recall the collage work of The Avalanches, the approach to get there is anything but analogous. Instead of utilizing hundreds of vinyl-sourced clips and effects to form a three- to four-minute work, the live nature of "Forever" utilizes a more organic touch to achieve similar results. The resulting patchwork is as danceable as it is rocking — a winning combination if ever there was one.

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