Wine connoisseurs see a perfectly blended wine as an art form. F&M, a baroque-pop trio from Edmonton, Alberta, believes a blend is best – especially when it comes to music. The three-piece band consisting of singer-songwriters Rebecca and Ryan Anderson along with multi-instrumentalist / production virtuoso Bryan Reichert, mix their individual talents to create an amalgam of folk, rock, classical and pop that’s intermingled with influences stemming from multiple cross-continent tours, and a smattering of European adventures.
F&M’s signature sound — from the powerfully melodic folk-rock inaugural release of Let Every Light Shine (2007, Shameless Records), the complex and introspective Every Light Must Fade (2008, Shameless Records), Earshot #1 folk chart-topper, Sincerely, F&M (2010, Shameless Records) and the heart warming Wish You Were Here (2011, Shameless Records) — is a musical choice for the more refined. F&M’s emotive observations incorporate an international view that’s finely aged through an urban-Canadian perspective. This unique sound has been critically acknowledged by way of music placements, songwriting merits and special invitations to perform in nontraditional or cross-genre spaces.
After a period of silence brought upon F&M by way of a broken hand, a broken leg, and falling victim to fraud (no really!), the trio mark their triumphant return with a release built from another blend — that of broken bones, broken promises, and broken hearts. At Sunset We Sing, is a joyful melancholy celebration of life. Melancholy is not defined by a feeling of sadness but of reverie and hope. F&M familiars will no doubt recognize Rebecca’s elegant musicianship and hypnotic voice. Ryan continues to gallantly spar with his guitar, but counters this battle with his expressive lyrical poetry and a distinctive croon. Bryan’s cinematic instrumental performances on guitar, mandolin and violin expertly finish F&M’s mature aromatic blend.
“Their boxing gloves may be made of velvet (thick, crushed velvet at that), but this trio will punch you" - The Montreal Mirror
"What finely crafted adult pop is all about - not in the schmaltzy easy-listening radio sense, not in the big power notes and diva personalities of mainstream contemporary music, but in the thoughtful, emotional power of true musical story telling." - The Edmonton Journal, CANADA
"a great expressive range!" - CBC Radio, CANADA
"... something so different that you have to sit up and take notice ... a listening experience that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else." Mossip!, USA
"staying focused and true to the soul of their songs" - VUE Weekly, CANADA
"[Every Light Must Fade] is an overwhelming aesthetic beautiful gift.... F&M's art/style is something that needs to be guarded like a treasure - for one's entire life." Main Echo, GERMANY
"Lullabies for adult minds" - SEE Magazine, Canada
"s a robust artistic statement" Wildy's World, USA
"They hit me like a very gentle and sincere steam-train, but hit me they did." Suffolk 'n' Cool 184, UNITED KINGDOM
"At times the band doesn’t raise their voices above whispers. At times the subdued lead guitar sears. Their songs are always intelligent reflections of life."The Canmore Leader / Banff Crag and Canyon, CANADA
"... wowing audiences ... with an intimate set of touching and thoughtful folk/rock songs... The band ... combines folk ballads with alt rock sounds that draw comparison to The National." Rocky Mountain Outlook, CANADA
"every light must fade is a body of work that matures with each play... each song strengthens and nuances shed skins with each listen. " beyond the ear, CANADA