"Donat’s sonic labor of love has always been the odd kid down the block. There are usually more original ideas in a single Fir Cone Children album than most bands in genre can dig up in a career."
- DKFM Shoegaze Radio (USA)
"'Fog Surrounds Us' is a wonderful album that sounds like the lifeblood that Donat puts into his work in high frequency. [It's] dense as well as varied" - NEØLYD (GER)
"It's a sparkling offering of 11 brand new indie-rock, shoegaze-oriented post-punk episodes blending it all with some psychedelia too, ultimately sounding as what can be best described as dream-punk." - Post-Punk.com
"Life-affirming. Dig into this, what energy!"
- RRRsoundZ (GER)
"Comes from a creative sound workshop, from which crazy ideas gush and catchy earworms creep out. The hovering sound has a flogging beat as a basic pattern in which piano and wavy, liquid vocals exude a touch of madness." - Underdog Fanzine (GER)
One thing you can count on in these troubled times: there’s always more trouble around the corner, and there’s a Fir Cone Children album coming once a year. The one-man dream punk project from Berlin started in 2015 with the dreamy garage punk of “Everything Is Easy” telling stories of Alexander Leonard Donat’s first daughter who was barely 2-years old then. Four years later, with album number five, the sound has changed to a fast and stormy, yet dreamy shoegaze design that includes, occasional blastbeats as much as pearly lo-fi piano indie pop - the concept, however, hasn’t changed: Donat puts his focus on his (now) two daughters and how they experience the world. It’s mainly a positively naïve mindset that is led by instinct, curiosity - and candy. But when does fairy tale fog turn into unsettling smoke? When a little kid asks you, “Are we lost?” surrounded by people watching a firework-lit sky, it shows that fears and worries belong to everyone’s lives even in moments you wouldn’t expect them. As long as caring family members and friends are around us, it’s manageable and we feel safe and sound. “Fog Surrounds Us” is about all that: sheer joy, confusion, unconditional love, sadness, expectations, bravery, bold moves, and everything that lies in between.
After all, at this stage, other things prevail: there’s the first diving experience in the sea, the first skateboard on Christmas, a potential friend moving into the house next to you, the moment you can make out faces in scratchy drawings. Celebrate the moment, stay curious! Kids know how to, and deep down you still know, too.
FFC is happy Krissy Vanderwoude lent her voice on several tracks for the third album in a row.