Hero Fisher — Delivery (July 31, 2015) ÷ Nečekal jsem to. Ono totiž album nezačíná nijak okázale, spíše ospale a Hero střeží své ego, aby nedocházelo k žádným exhibicím na úkor písně. Celé to je však fantasticky vygradované a žádná následující píseň není horší než předešlá, naopak. Toto je opravdová senzace nejenom léta, ale ani nepovažuji za odvážné předeslat, že Delivery zřejmě bude jedno z alb roku 2015 v Británii. The young and able Fisher is in a field inhabited by few other musicians in this country; a little bit folk, a little bit alternative–pop and ultimately just a girl with a guitar who really knows what she’s doing, she’s mesmerising to watch. Her music has been described as “gorgeous”, “astounding” and “the soundtrack to the last episode of the last season of a TV show about your life.” Location: London, England, UK
Album release: July 31, 2015
Record Label: Little Champion
01. Brutish Words 3:56
02. Break My Heart And Mend It 5:39
03. The Colour of Madness 4:57
04. Breathe 3:21
05. What’s The Difference 4:20
06. They’re All The Same 4:46
07. The Cause 4:32
08. You Can 4:52
09. The Good In Things 4:07
10. The Deep 7:12
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© Hero Fisher 2015
÷ Hero Fisher (believe it or not her real name!) already has a fair few admirers like Ladyhawke, Blur’s Dave Rowntree, The Horrors Tom Fuse (who remixed her single Punk — which we premiered here) and now, with the release of her debut album Delivery, she’s coming for you!
÷ Following the British–born and French raised chanteuse’s knock–out Slipstream EP back in April, Hero drops the brooding ten–track album on 7th August. We’re exclusively streaming the WTNSS (Charlie Russell and Bradley Spence) produced sophisticated riot in full ahead of release. Delivery is fully loaded wth Hero’s signature fearless attitude — go get it! ♦ http://www.thebeatjuice.com/
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÷ “The backbone of all the songs I ever write is that they’re about rising above a hard time. They’re me going, ‘this is the predicament we’re in now and soon enough we'll look at this differently'. They’re about transformation and a kind of rapture.”
÷ Born in London to an innately creative family (her father is a painter, her mother a potter and her sister a weaver — “None of us know how to make any money or reply to emails,” she jokes) and raised between the wildly varying climates of London, Australia and Paris, where she went to art school before quitting to focus on music, Hero Fisher has all the signposts of what you would assume to be a comfortable performer. Yet, despite a natural affinity with songwriting, it’s taken a decade of emotional wrangling and psychological adjustment to get from these initial beginnings to here. “I used to play gigs on my own but they’d be very spaced out, two or three times a year, and they’d take everything out of me and I’d find it extremely stressful,” she remembers. “I’m not a shy person, but I hated the idea of showing off...”
÷ If this was her initial predicament, however, then debut LP ‘Delivery’ — released 31st July via Essential Music and Marketing — is the point when everything is finally more than alright.
÷ For Fisher, a time of change started when she met fellow musicians in Sydney including Saul Wodak, whom she credits with bringing out her louder, electric sound. ÷ Wodak, she says, helped her learn to open up to the idea of collaboration and gradually made her feel more comfortable with playing live. Sydney may have been where this transition began, but feeling steadier in her steps she realised that “music might be a little more possible in London”. “I thought I’d give it an actual go,” she says. Moving back to the UK and buoyed by collaborator and “partner in crime” Wodak, Hero set about conquering the internal demons that were preventing her music from rightly getting out into the world. “I’ve always loved writing songs; the point when I struggled was when I had to share it with other people. I don’t mind it, but it makes me paranoid,” she explains. “Some of the songs on the album took years for me to finally get out of my head and into the room, but that's the best feeling. I love that. It’s an easier process now, but it really took me a long time to own up to that.”
÷ Coming after 2013 debut single ‘Fear Not Victorious’ — a noir–tinted, folk–tinged ode to her mother that earned Fisher comparisons to the songwriting sensibilities of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, biting 2014 follow up ‘No Ceremony’ (awarded XFM’s Record of the Week by Dave Rowntree of Blur), some none–too–shabby spots opening up for The Rolling Stones and Neil Young at Hyde Park and April’s ‘Slipstream EP’, ‘Delivery’ draws on a decade of material that Fisher has squirrelled away, condensing it into ten tracks that are epic in their intimacy. Recorded at Williamsburg’s Mission Sounds and Dean Street Studios in London by producers Charlie Russell and Bradley Spence (Chapel Club, Duke Spirit, Barry Adamson) and written across Hero’s many different residences, it’s a record that conjures up its own environment rather than aligning itself to an established one. From the sparse atmospherics and ominous electronic undercurrent of opener ‘Brutish Words’, which dates back nearly ten years, to the final, string–embellished sweeps of ‘The Deep’ — written just before the recordings were finalised, ‘Delivery’ undulates and swells to its own tune. “I spent a lot of my teenage years in my bedroom in the attic and at night my Dad would be working downstairs, playing music that would travel up through the floorboards,” she recalls. “I wouldn’t be able to hear it very well so I’d spend years imagining these songs based on whatever sounds floated up.” It’s not too much of a stretch to see this private, nocturnal world as the place where Hero’s own music exists now.
÷ Unsurprisingly for a record written over such a lengthy period by a reluctant star, the whys and wherefores of ‘Delivery’s inception are often hazy. ‘Break My Heart and Mend It’, a willowy, melancholy lilt of deftly–picked acoustics and evocative vocals, is about escaping the claustrophobic Australian heat. “I was in the cool kitchen with my bare feet on the cool tiles and I had this fantasy of being in England in the winter time,” says Fisher. “It’s a bit like the little match girl freezing to death, because apparently when that happens there’s a calmness and an acceptance.” 'The Deep', meanwhile, came in a burst of creative energy. “It was one of those brain worms in my head for years where I could almost hear what the song was like, and then in the last week it all came to me and the flood gates opened,” she smiles. Aside from these examples, however, the rest of the record is characterised by an all–encompassing approach rather than by specifics.
÷ Taking influence from a host of other strong women (Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, the aforementioned Polly Jean among others) whose core values and no nonsense approach have resonated with Fisher, ‘Delivery’ acknowledges its emotional crux but comes out fighting. Whether in the heavier build–up of ‘Breathe’, all stalking guitars and multi–part harmonies, the world–weary cynicism of ‘What’s The Difference’ (“You’re second best baby, maybe third best”) or the denser layers and primal screams of ‘They’re All The Same’, Hero’s tracks are vulnerable without ever playing the victim. “I'm quite picky because of the kind of women I was surrounded with when I was growing up,” she says. “I like strong women who don’t do some sexy kitten voice and just do their thing in the way they want to. Creativity is the main thing that people should look towards. To not hold yourself back.” Creatively, recent remixes from The Horrors’ Tom Furse (‘Punk’), Ladyhawke (‘Punk’) and Grumbling Fur (‘The Colour of Madness’) have all given Fisher insight into the potential directions of her songwriting (“I think it’d be fun to do a collaboration with people who are doing music that’s completely different to mine because it teaches you different things. It’s not so much about the music but about the person; I’d work with anyone if I loved them,” she states), but for now 'Delivery' is the slice of cathartic exorcism that represents the culmination of Hero’s first phase. “I want people to feel soothed when they listen to it,” she nods. “I’d like there to be some form of rapture so they get to the end and they’re exhausted and it’s like a release, like how it is for me.”
÷ She continues: “For me, this album is about getting the stuff out that I needed to in order to continue with a lighter step and more positive horizons. I’m making music because when I listen to a good album, I’m so thrilled about it and it’s so rare that when it does happen I feel so connected to that person and I’m so thankful that they’re on the planet making this music. That’s all that I can hope will happen.”
÷ ‘Delivery’ is released 31st July 2015.