Album Reviews

Fischerspooner – #1 (Studio)

(Ministry of Sound) UK release date: 6 May 2002

Fresh from signing a reported $2 million, one albumrecord deal with Ministry OfSound, Fischerspooner are sure to be everywhere thissummer, which is why it makes sensethat this, their debut album, has been re-released.

No. 1 first appeared as an import-only album on DJHell‘s influential and very muchin-vogue electropop imprint, International DeejayGigolos. Now re-mastered, it sounds just asexciting and important as it did when it was firstreleased, despite now appearing in themiddle of a never-ending line of ‘electroclash’copyists and wannabes.

This is the original sound of ‘synthcore’: a shortburst of synthetic techno beats,simple bass-lines and poignant vocals. Fischerspoonerwrite punk music from an electronicmusic perspective. This album sounds like it cost nextto nothing to make, but you findyourself thinking they deserve every penny they’regetting.

Invisible comes in as a mission statement for thewhole electropop scene, alldigitally harmonised vocals and syncopated bass.Fischerspooner have a reputation for being’arty’, but it is not evident here. This is atraditional album, a collection of songs. The 15th,acover version, is the simplest and catchiest songhere, exhibits the fragile side of CaseySpooner’s vocals, complimenting Warren Fischer’s basicmelodies.

Emerge was the electropop anthem of last summerand, due to the re-release of thisalbum, its success looks set to be repeated this year.This is the song which kick-started awhole scene, and made many artists realise that afour-note bass line plus sleazy lyrics plus boy/girlvocals equals storming club/chart hit. This is perfect popfor trendy clubbers.

The highlight is the ballad, Tone Poem. Takinglyrics from an old school notebook,this is at once dark, delicate and emotional, takingsimple harmonies which allow Spooner toweave a haunting melody around them.

The band have their lighter moments too as onErsatz and Fucker; great slabs ofelectro machine-funk with playful melodies, the formersounding not too dissimilar to sometracks from Aphex Twin‘s Ambient Works vol.1.

Fischerspooner are going to be known as a camp,intense and exciting electropopact, making throwaway pop music with computers. Butthis album shows that unlike so manyof their contemporaries, they have a darker, moresensitive and precious side. Somethingwhich will see them outlast all the others when the’electroclash’ scene comes to an end andthe pretenders are catching up with the next trend.

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Fischerspooner – #1 (Studio)

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