Home > News & Reviews > Fischerspooner

Fischerspooner - Sir (Album Review)

Monday, 19 February 2018 Written by Jacob Brookman

Photo: Rinalto Sata

As one of the key progenitors of electroclash, New York’s Fischerspooner have always embodied a particular form of smashy, digital camp. While the songwriting on their fourth album, 'Sir' lacks hooks, it is a record of intense, virile creativity that develops their sound a full nine years after the release of their previous album, ‘Entertainment’.

There are some very fine turns here. Togetherness, which features former Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek, is a strange, reggae-infused tingler, rich in vocal sequencing and blippy fantasia. Like much of ‘Sir’, it evades easy compositional categorisation.

With production duties being handled by REM’s Michael Stipe, the songs remain intensely esoteric and left-field. In many ways, that may be down to the distinctiveness of Warren Fischer’s synth arrangements: they free up the songwriting to be as idiosyncratic as the duo wants.

Another good example arrives with Everything is Just Alright - a sinister banger built around a menacing bass riff that must go straight through you when played live.

One can almost taste the smoke machines as the track builds to its climax: “Everything-ging-ging is just alright.” The use of this motif hammers home the unaffected nature of the lyricism. It’s a bit silly and effete, but it’s completely its own thing.

For all its uniqueness, though, ‘Sir’ does not quite amaze. Fischerspooner are a band and an idea that is highly attractive, and they deserve their place in the organogram of EDM. But the songs don’t quite have the pizazz of the artistic concept. 'Sir' is a bit of a legacy release: like recent offerings by Depeche Mode and Erasure, it caters for its audience with great integrity and craft, but it no longer has the edge upon which it originally traded.

Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!

Related News

Fischerspooner Unveil Video For Butterscotch Goddam Featuring Johnny Magee
Fri 16 Feb 2018
Photo: Rinalto Sata Fischerspooner have revealed the video for Butterscotch Goddam.
Fischerspooner Post Video For New Track TopBrazil
Sun 21 Jan 2018
Photo: Jesus Ugalde ​Fischerspooner have posted a video for their new song, TopBrazil.
Fischerspooner Unveil New Track Butterscotch Goddam Featuring Johnny Magee
Wed 15 Nov 2017
Fischerspooner have shared a new track, Butterscotch Goddam.
Nice Electricity: Inside Jawbone's Sizzling Old School Debut
Wed 14 Nov 2018
Photo: Rob Blackham Sometimes an album arrives from out of nowhere and knocks you off your feet. There’s something new, yet familiar, about its melodies, its heart-warming immediacy and the effortless chemistry that oozes from the bewitching songs within. We’re basically talking the musical equivalent of love at first sight, which is exactly what fans of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and American roots music will doubtless feel after hearing Jawbone’s quietly magnificent self-titled bow.
Boygenius - Boygenius (Album Review)
Tue 13 Nov 2018
Photo: Lera Pentelute Supergroup is a big, ugly label. It’s reductive, and it ramps up the pressure on what is always a new endeavour—even if the players are seasoned pros. Friction is naturally created by expectations rubbing up against the mechanics of making music in a fresh formation, often leading to overhyped records that feel like a tired exhalation of breath from their first note.
'We Wanted To Reach People on a Personal Level': Pijn Discuss The Genre-Defying Power Of 'Loss'
Mon 12 Nov 2018
A striking development in the past decade or so has been the extent to which people discover music through mood as opposed to genre. Streaming services have adapted to perceived consumer demand by releasing reams of playlists tailored to every emotion or context imaginable, from deeply depressed to “songs to sing to in the car”. This has its upsides and downsides for a band like Pijn.
Driven By Honesty: Barry Dolan Discusses Oxygen Thief's 'Confusion Species'
Thu 22 Nov 2018
Photo: Chris Taylor When Bristol-based songwriter Barry Dolan released 'Destroy It Yourself', the first Oxygen Thief album, in 2011, he stood out for his entirely acoustic take on melodic hardcore if not the subjects he explored. Dolan conveyed ruminations on love, loss and hypocrisy through cryptic metaphors and sharp turns of phrase, complemented by fitful riffing without a backdrop.
Mick Jenkins - Pieces Of A Man (Album Review)
Tue 20 Nov 2018
Mick Jenkins was riding the crest of a wave when his breakout mixtape 'The Water[s]' dropped in the summer of 2014. Talented heads like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Noname and Saba would all go on to emerge from the same bubbling Chicago hip-hop scene, but Jenkins had positioned himself in critics' minds as the moody and technically gifted older brother. He already appeared fully formed in an artistic sense, framing highly conceptual songwriting with jazz-influenced verses and a raspy vocal delivery.
< Prev   Next >