CD REVIEW: Fischerspooner
album not #1?!?!
Rundown: Electroclash or electrotrash? Warren Fischer
and Casey Spooner have been expected to carry the electro flag for a while
now, but it's not until this month that their #1 album which has
NOT reached #1, but gets points for tricking reviewers is finally
released domestically. The New York duo claims that Fischerspooner is
an art collective, comprised of filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, makeup
artists and costume designers, who are responsible for creating the group's
outlandish glam imagery to accompany their '80s-retro electronics.
Key Tracks: Forget the hype, forget the theatrics and
forget that they remixed Kylie Minogue when it comes down to it,
#1 is rather uneven and, at its worst, forgettable. The dorky closing
track "Ersatz" doesn't even hold a candle to the dinky music
of the earliest Nintendo games. Miraculously, there are some exciting
cuts, such as the untitled bonus track that's blessed with dirty lyrics,
and the single "Emerge," which uses a full palette of sounds
to stitch together a song as wild and adventurous as the group's imagery.
Sounds Like: Fisherspooner's synth-pop contemporaries
a group that includes Peaches and Miss Kitten, among others
just seem sexier and raunchier. Spooner's often-processed vocals don't
allow too much personality to bust through the cold din of the music.
Yes, the emphasis on image in music has increased since the dawn of music
videos, and yes, people in odd makeup, outrageous costumes and doing interpretive
dances are something to watch. Nonetheless, it's still probably a stretch
to consider Fischerspooner a parody of style over substance.