Ever since his days as the mastermind behind critically-acclaimed avant-boho outfit Dufus, Seth Faergolzia has blazed colourful trails into modes of expression we couldn’t have foreseen even when Dufus were being hailed as “freak folk” innovators. Now, whether leading his current 18-person ensemble 23 Psaegz, his Multibird quartet, performing as one half of the duo Forest Creature, or taking the stage as a one-man tornado of sound, Faergolzia continues to shake musical conventions until they froth over and explode.
When Faergolzia first emerged out of lower Manhattan at the turn of the millenium, he cut a Wonka-esque figure as a trailblazer committed to pursuing his muse on the fringe of the fringes, quickly distinguishing himself as a flamboyant visionary with a penchant for bending minds. Naturally, the surface absurdism of his output drew comparisons to likeminded iconoclasts like Captain Beefheart, Zappa, Ween, and Mr. Bungle. But where his music was once celebrated as a vibrant example of what happens when a musician turns a genre like folk upside down and inside out, over time Faergolzia has come to represent something of a genre unto himself.
Faergolzia's body of work now exceeds 20 albums and he has performed in over 20 countries with the likes of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis, The Moldy Peaches, etc.,
Onstage, he remains as boisterous as ever, his booming voice and equilibristic phrasing at the centre of a whirring kaleidoscope of sound. His impending Blang album "High Diver" is his strongest work yet and he tours the album with his new band Multibird in Europe in July and October 2016.
“Fiber art going punk.” – New York Times
“They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and intense opera… 9 of 10.” – Vice
“As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.” – Village Voice
“Tender, calm and epiphanistic lyrics.” – New York Press
“I have never heard anything like this before or since.” – Pop Matters
“Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay.” – KUSF/MTV San Francisco
“This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.” – Relix
“Phenomenal live.” – NME (UK)