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For fans of Sufjan Stevens, Band of Horses, Mazzy Star, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Bendigo Fletcher are a band that blend the organic sound of folk music with a melodic sense that owes more to indie rock, making music that's dreamlike and firmly grounded at the same time. Led by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Ryan Anderson, the quintet's brand of trippy Americana can be witty or passionately sincere depending on the tenor of their songs, and Anderson's vocals are informed by an emotional honesty that's as powerful as their music. 2018's Consensual Wisdom and 2019's Memory Fever were a pair of EPs that earned Bendigo Fletcher their initial reputation, while 2021's Fits of Laughter marked their first major-label release, as well as their first experience working with an outside producer.
Ryan Anderson initially created Bendigo Fletcher in 2015 as a home recording project, laying down all the parts on his own through multi-tracking and later adding musicians in order to perform the songs live. 2018's seven-song Consensual Wisdom, released in several unique vinyl editions by Soul Step Records, was largely recorded by Anderson, but before long Bendigo Fletcher became a full-fledged band with the addition of Andrew Shupert on lead guitar, Evan Wagner on keyboards, guitar, percussion, and backing vocals, Conner Powell on bass, and Chris Weis on drums. As talk of their live shows and word of mouth began spreading about the band outside their home town, they cut a second independent EP, 2019's Memory Fever, which was once again in several limited-vinyl editions pressed with unusual color patterns. Elektra Records signed Bendigo Fletcher to a record deal, and the group teamed with former Uncle Tupelo and Wilco member Ken Coomer for their first album, with Coomer producing the session at his personal studio in Nashville. Recorded in just nine days, Fits of Laughter was issued by Elektra in August 2021.