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Jeremy Fisher unleashes Flood

Jeremy Fisher circa Flood. Photo credit: Rob Waymen.

Jeremy Fisher is one of Canada's finest folk singer-songwriters. Four albums into his career, he is still flourishing.

Jeremy's Fisher's new album, Flood was produced by Canadian rock/pop star Hawksley Workman. This working relationship peeks through on tracks such as 'Alison', 'On A Monday' and 'Umbrella'. Jeremy comments on the work-based nature of the alliance:

"It's funny, when we were making the album it was a really intense relationship, but it was definitely about making music. We still keep in touch but don't really hang out."

The two singers admire each other's music. One song that Jeremy has been humming while doing his laundry lately is Hawksley Workman's 'Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off'. 

There are only a few downtempo tracks on Jeremy's new album. Each song creates a flood of sound, rushing with feeling. In fact, the album name was specifically chosen as a sort of icon.

"I like the way the word looks and this is a bigger sounding album than Back Porch Spirituals, Let It Shine and Goodbye Blue Monday. Also, I wanted to get away from three-word album titles."

Flood is very rhythmic. This could be because Jeremy learned to play the drums for this album. "Hawksley Workman is big on percussion, so we got geeky about drums." The tracks with electronic drums feature a vintage Roland TR-707 drum machine.

The talented Fisher manages to derive positive inspiration from a funeral in 'Shine A Little Light.'

'Nothing To Lose' is a waltzy folk song, stylistically between Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' and John Lennon's 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'. Jeremy shares "It's got an anthemic chorus, but it's not a protest song."

'Alison' is an upbeat, guiltlessly poppy, genuinely fun track about a love that can't go on.

'Summer Rain' is gorgeously melancholic, longing and refreshingly original.

The CBC has been incredibly supportive towards Jeremy Fisher's career. He gets a lot of play on Radio 2 and Radio 3 and has appeared on many Radio 1 shows. This has given him a lot of exposure in some parts of the country that wouldn't necessarily play what he does. 

Jeremy Fisher recently wooed an overflowing house at St. James Community Square in Kitsilano, with the beautiful and talented Miss Emily Brown. 

Jeremy was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but recently spent a few years living in Vancouver. During his time in the city, Jeremy started a project called The Malahat Revue. He became involved with Said the Whale when Ty was assigned to do Jeremy Fisher web promo for Frontside Promotions. Jeremy discovered Aidan Knight through a band called Maurice and Hannah Georgas came into the scene after Jeremy's wife brought home her album from a concert.

Jeremy's bright personality, solid voice and relentless songwriting are a recipe for longevity. Flood is an album you will play over and over after hearing it.

Sputnikmusic rates Flood at 4.5 (superb) based on a high approval rate from objective sources.

 

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