Fortuan is an indie alternative/pop-rock band I discovered about two months ago with their latest release, Flavours, released as a long-play album on December 20, 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Fortuan have started their careers with a single called, Fortuan in 2018, and released three more singles since then, Time (2019), Force (2019), and Melodies (2019). Now, please give it a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Fortuan is a young band out of Bratislava, Slovakia, still trying to follow their passion even in these crazy times our world is going through since February/March 2020. Doesn’t matter how much we try to ignore the negativity and continue following our plans in life, everybody’s got affected at some point. I have been a passionate music fan all my life, have had a decent experience in being a semi-professional in the music scene, and I truly appreciate everyone who makes releases. You might disagree with me in this but just keep in mind that making a record can cost thousands, which these young Slovakian gentlemen sacrificed instead of buying a car or going on a vacation. They undoubtedly deserve all the respect and support for their efforts.
As I usually do, I listened to the album a few times (even more times than I usually do) before writing my review. There are both positive and negative aspects here to mention. I personally do believe that bands and artists should be aware of their character, style, strengths, and weaknesses in order to put out a successful work, especially in this super-competitive era. Our ears are used to hear top-quality music, engineered and produced by world class producers in the world. Even though the technological developments helped musicians, gave them the ability to record and produce their music in their home studios, only these producers at the top of the world can make a big difference.
Flavours is a truly long record with 14 songs, and the general style is pop-rock. First of all, all songs have easy listening instrumentation and build. You easily get used to this music and listen to the whole record. Honestly, I just played the album a few times while I was busy doing my other work, and that would be a lie if I say I didn’t enjoy it. I know the fact that so many of us started listening to 90s easy listening indie and pop-rock music before listening to metal such as Rem, No Doubt, and Cardigans.
I can hear that the band has decided to keep everything as simple as possible in terms of composing and instrumentation. Musically, nothing modern caught my attention; their foundations are mostly coming from the traditional indie and pop-rock.