Wilsonian Pop

Graham Van Pelt is Miracle Fortress

Though the legacy of Brian Wilson is a constant presence in pop music, his influence has been particularly evident this year. It was only recently that I truly began to understand the insane genius of the man behind Pet Sounds, probably one of the greatest musical works ever created, so the prevalence of worthwhile followers has been welcome. One of the finer, and maybe more indebted, Wilsonian acts of 2007 is Miracle Fortress, the solo project of Graham Van Pelt from Think About Life. His upcoming full-length debut, Five Roses, is littered with sparse, dreamlike soundscapes of swelling psychedelic pop. Beyond the obvious homages in the music itself, Van Pelt also approaches youth and love much as Brian Wilson did on his magnum opus — pensive and bittersweet. The album comes out May 22nd, and then can be officially counted in this year’s ever growing list of superb indie pop.

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Download: Miracle Fortress – Have You Seen In Your Dreams

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Download: Miracle Fortress – This Thing About You
Buy: Order Five Roses from Secret City Records

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  1. You know, I really think I could get into this. I appreciated the dream pop quality of the first track – reminds me of something I can’t put my finger on. I still can’t get into The Beach Boys or Brian Wilson very much for some reason but I like the sound of music inspired by him. We might be on to something here …

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