ALBUM REVIEW: Anna Meredith – FIBS | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Moshi Moshi

Released: 25.10.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

To say that FIBS isn’t as impactful is Anna Meredith’s first release, Varmints, feels correct, if a little unjust. It’s only because Varmints was such an exercise in the unexpected that FIBS feels like something of a photocopy.

It doesn’t help that opening track Sawbones is very reminiscent of Nautilus from Meredith’s debut release, but that’s not to say this is total self-cannibalisation. FIBS is still a very satisfying record; the strident Bump is a total earworm of a centrepiece, while Killjoy takes the open mouthed Deerhoof-isms of her debut and turns them on their head.

It is certainly more of the same, but for a composer as unique as Meredith, it would be positively disingenuous to not be.

 

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