Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Song: Cliche
Artist: Casey Spooner
Album: Adult Contemporary

Casey Spooner is one-half of NYC-based electroclash duo Fischerspooner who last released their third album "Entertainment" back in 2009.  I was really let down by "Entertainment" after their pretty excellent sophomore album, "Odyssey," from 2005.  Upon beginning to write a follow-up, it turned into a solo project, and a different sound.  "Adult Contemporary" is scheduled for release on the 24th of this month.

Once again teaming up with producer Jeff Saltzman whom worked on "Entertainment," Spooner leaves behind the electronics of Fiscerspooner and focuses on a more guitar-driven new wave sound.  He made album preview track "Faye Dunaway" available for free via his website.  It marks the departure in sound, incorporating a lightly crunching guitar, horns, and Spooners talk-like vocals.  I like this odd little song, and start to hear producer Salzman's work with the Killers a bit.

Getting past your Fischerspooner expectations is part one of "Adult Contemporary," part two being getting used to the "kitchen-sink" attitude to the album.  Jumping from the chugging, dark, rock of "Exquisite Corpse," to the goofy why-wasn't-this-left-off-the-album "Cinnamon Toast," and then the quite pretty mellow surf-rock of "Cliche."  Three tracks in and you're already confused on what this album is.

This is an odd record that I none-the-less have been listening to quite a bit.  It's a bit of a mess, but it does have a lot going for it.  There is a lot of 80's references, but I'm also hearing a little 90's alternative rock in there as well.  Again, odd odd odd record that is worth checking out.  "Cliche" is a strange choice to highlight from the record but it's probably my favorite.  You can check out fist single "Spanish Teenager" below.  I don't know what I would have picked for initial single if given the choice but pretty sure it wouldn't have been that.  I dunno... check this out.


Spanish Teenager

Faye Dunaway

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