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With eyes closed and heads bobbing, a crowd of all ages sways to the smooth sounds of The Fractals. Spying a particularly spellbound group of college-age kids, lead singer Kevin Hanson smiles wryly from stage; he’s just pulled a fast one. Those in attendance are blissfully unaware that the song he’s singing contains wildly unusual chord progressions, extended harmonies, and radical key changes. The Fractals intersperse these complex musical elements so tastefully, the audience scarcely notices their existence. All they know is that there’s something different about this band, something unique. Fans may not know exactly what it is, but they do know, as they sing along with every chorus, that they’re having a great time.
The Fractals’ signature style of accessible yet sophisticated songwriting didn’t come together overnight. All of the band members have been top-call songwriters and session players for years. Collectively, they boast an impressive resume of past collaborators that includes Usher, Musiq Soulchild, Jay-Z, The Roots, and many more. Drawing on this extensive experience, The Fractals craft incredibly subtle yet frighteningly catchy pop-rock anthems with undertones of folk, jazz, and R&B.
Following the success of their aptly titled latest album, Heavy Rotation, The Fractals have become a mainstay of the Philadelphia live music scene. With one city under their belt, look for the band all over the United States in 2011. Concert-goers beware, be prepared to have your conceptions of the pop song challenged!