Shadow of a Drought is a balanced departure from Fialta’s first record, Summer Winter (2013), retaining plenty of surfy, west coast overtones while showcasing electronic elements and high-energy, dance-worthy rhythms. The album title’s pun was pulled from a line in Fialta’s forthcoming single, “Do the Best We Can,” a soaring, harmonic, millennial anthem inspired by the dangerous drought conditions faced by the band’s home state. The rest of the album follows suit thematically, wrestling with the implications of drought of all kinds: environmental, spiritual, creative, and relational. But the hooky, harmony-driven record never steers too far into serious waters, instead delivering incisive lyrical observations with synthy, sun-drenched, melodic fervor and a touch of irony, qualities that have earned Fialta comparisons to bands like Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Phoenix and Stars.
The tightly knit four piece are multi-instrumentalists who regularly swap roles during their live set, employ dueling male/female lead vocals, and collaborate on writing and producing. This summer, Fialta will head out on a west coast tour to promote the release of Shadow of a Drought.