The great news is that the added Thai indie hook-ups have really enhanced Matthew Fischer’s original folk visions and not overwhelmed them; perhaps no surprise for anyone familiar with Panda boss Wannarit Pongprayoon’s My Post Life acoustic side project. There’s lushness here; a sense of purpose and concept best exemplified by the found sounds that split the music into four distinct chapters. It’s a workbook of, and for, life – acoustic, mellow and reflective sounds for an electric city screaming head-long into an unknowable future.
My favourite tracks, in rough LP order:
- Radio Sound - First song out of the blocks sounds like a misty-eyed paean to nostalgic melancholia. Check out the video by Gary Boyle!
- Calling You – Mellow acoustic ballad about shared plans gone wrong…
- Love Myself – Indonesian voices from the abyss lead into an epic tale of redemption versus death, accompanied by killer mouth-harp.
- Bad Things – Meandering tale of endless frustration lends itself easily for my pick as the stand-out album track.
- The Way Things Are – Fatalistic charmer of a song accompanied by glorious vocal harmonies.
- Up in Wisconsin – Closing number is a foot-stomping barn-stormer familiar to anyone lucky enough to see Matthew (and the Fishes) live.
“Radio Sound” is released by Panda Records on March 10th, 2016. Join the party here.