After almost a decade, iconic group Fischerspooner return with a new album. Eloquently titled, ‘Sir’, and produced by R.E.M’s Michael Stipe, it is due for release on February 16th via Ultra Records.
Fischerspooner started as a DIY art project; Their very first performance at a Manhattan Starbucks ultimately transformed into a spectacle that ushered in the electroclash pop revolution. They pushed the boundaries of music and art in unparalleled ways. Arguably laying the foundations for many of today’s biggest artists.
The album is highly personal and chronicles a tumultuous and emotionally fraught period of Casey Spooner’s life. It is erotically charged, yet profound. The songs were crafted between Spooner and Stipe in Athens, alongside Stipe’s longtime collaborator, Andy LeMaster. Together they delved into the turbulence of life; The result is an intensely explicit and honest collection of songs about. Not only are they about the physical aspects of sex, as Casey made his re-entry into the sexual playground now defined by technology, but they are about the muddled ways that feelings and self-image are present in that experience.
After the songwriting was finished, Warren Fischer meticulously created a sonic landscape that supported the raw, intimate work. The album was also aided by the contributions of Fischerspooner’s longtime collaborator Le Chev; as well as Thomas Haskett and guest vocalists Caroline Polachek, Johnny Magee, Andy LeMaster and Holly Miranda. Warren’s sonic work on this album further cements his undeniable role in shaping the sound of modern pop.
Speaking about the work, Casey said, ‘Michael Stipe encouraged me to be more emotionally connected and to trust my voice. He also fought for a more raw vocal in the final production. Stipe taught me new ways of creating melody and lyric, and was more than a producer. He was a mentor and a great friend who guided me through troubled times and captured my experience. He lifted me up at my lowest. This album is a document of that experience”.