Blast From the (Recent) Past: A More Mature Fischerspooner


This year, it seems like everything old is new again. Artists from the recent past have new records out: The Chemical Brothers unleashed the surprisingly good Push the Button in January, and this spring will see more records from a couple of big names, including Moby—who is releasing Hotel, a two-disc set—and Parisian duo Daft Punk, who have finally made the follow-up to 2001’s Discovery, called Human After All. Electroclash escapees Fischerspooner, the kings of the most hyped, shortest lived, and falsely constructed genre, have broken themselves out of their self-manufactured box with their sophomore effort, Odyssey. The music’s still high-concept (think Pink Floyd turned more techno), but this time it feels less like an art school prank and a lot more sincere. Warren Fischer’s musical compositions are less reliant on those knob-twiddly two-note Groovebox sounds that made their key single “Emerge” so iconic, and he creates more mature sonic landscapes. It’s still Fischerspooner, even if there are collaborations with French house producer Mirwais, songwriting weapon Linda Perry, and the late Susan Sontag (who wrote the lyrics for “We Need a War”). You’ll recognize the deadpan lyrical delivery from Casey Spooner, and the first single, “Just Let Go,” is as annoyingly catchy as any Top 40 hit or club favorite. FS are also the most accessible local band in recent memory. Every Thursday they host a salon at their loft in Williamsburg, sometimes showing short political or art films, sometimes staging performances, and always hosting DJs like Tommie Sunshine and Andy Butler.