Sarah Fimm
White Birds


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 7th, 2009 | 61 replies | 12,853 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It isn't often that you stumble across a free album that truly holds your attention and leaves you looking for more.

I have a confession to make… I feel ill-prepared to review this album. The reason is that before I accidentally stumbled across it on the internet I had never even heard of Sarah Fimm. I actually did try to conduct further research on her and her music before writing this, but there is very little out there. That means that I can’t tell you if this EP is better or worse than her previous works; in fact I can’t even tell you if it’s similar. What I can tell you is that she made it available for free as a Christmas gift and it is obvious that she poured her heart and soul into it. It is because this EP is currently available as a gift to her fans that I wanted to expose it to others before the links inevitably disappear.

If I had to make direct comparisons, I would say that Sarah’s music most closely resembles the later works of Sarah Mclachlan combined with the trip-pop of Lunik’s first few albums. For those unfamiliar with those bands, allow me to elaborate. Sarah Fimm specializes in mellow, yet catchy, acoustic-based songs that contain the grooves and electronics commonly associated with trip-hop. Despite the limited scope such a description might seem to imply, the songs manage to be very diverse. A lot of the diversity can be attributed to the large amount of guests on this album. Over the course of these six songs you’ll get to hear everyone from Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment) to Jerry Marotta (Ani DiFranco, John Mayer).

This diverse range of talent that also includes cello, violin and viola players pretty much ensures that every song is going to have its own personality. That means that even though opening track, “Counting Waves”, seems to imply that the album is going to be full of catchy, mid-paced acoustic folk, it only takes one listen to the gloomy trip-hop of the following track, “Let it Run” to realize that it isn’t the case. Upon further listening, it turns out that there’s also moving, synth-driven songs (Tamara Song) along side mellow piano pieces (Fly) and ambient soundscapes (White Birds). The amazing thing is that despite the variation, the album never sounds disjointed or pieced together.

One-hundred percent of the credit for holding this album together can be given to the beautiful vocals of Sarah Fimm herself. If there is only one constant within this EP it is that Sarah’s vocals never fail to impress; they are full of emotion and consistently beautiful and touching. It is the emotive nature of her voice that allows a largely electronic song such as “Tamara Song” to go from being just a collection of sterile electronics to being a truly poignant experience. If this was just an isolated experience than it wouldn’t be as big of a deal, but she is able to take every song and make it into something more than the music might imply on its own.

At only six songs the only thing disappointing about this EP is its short length. When the final notes of the title track fade away I’m left still wanting more. Whether it’s the trip-hop of “Let it Run” or the soothing nature of “White Birds” I simply want more songs. If nothing else, this album has definitely inspired me to investigate her back catalog in search of more gems like the ones found on here. If this EP even remotely sounds like something interesting there is absolutely no reason not to follow the link and download this for yourself. At the very least you’ll waste a few minutes of your time, but more than likely you’ll find yourself a very enjoyable listening experience and potentially the desire to delve into her other albums, as I have.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To download the album go here: http://www.whitebirdsep.com/ (Once there, click on the "Music" link)

If there were more songs of this quality and diversity on this album I think I would have probably went with a 4 or 4.5, but as an EP I had to leave it at a 3.5

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2009



20856 Comments


Great review Trey. Without listening to a solitary second of this, you have communicated pretty much exactly what the EP sounds like. And it does indeed sound interesting.

rasputin
January 7th 2009



14538 Comments


Nice review Willie, I probably won't bother with this though.

Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I'm glad the review is ok. I wrote it over a few hours between about 2am and 4am just so it was out there while the links
were still available (not that I know when they'll go away).

It definitely is interesting, especially since I just kind of happened to stumble onto it. I can't wait to listen to the rest of her stuff
now.This Message Edited On 01.07.09

BallsToTheWall
January 7th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review. I miss your reviews now that your staff. Anywho, great find, the mysapce songs are terrific and I also think her voice sounds a little like Sarah. I love cellos too, so ineed to download this now.

Correction.Downloading now.This Message Edited On 01.07.09

Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool. At least someone is looking into it ;)

TricksterGRex
January 7th 2009



2087 Comments


Sounds pretty interesting, the recommendations of Surfacing and Dummy make me want to check this out even more.This Message Edited On 01.07.09

Oneironaut
January 7th 2009



302 Comments


I'm downloading this now as well. Real nice review dude. I'm hoping this album won't be too hard on my ridiculous hang over

BallsToTheWall
January 7th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is real good. I've listened to this quite a few times today. Going to burn copies for my family, they love Sarah McLachlan so they should enjoy this too.

Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, if you like any of the reccomendations then you should like this too. Thanks for looking into it... let me know what you think (this is perfect hangover music).
Also, if you like Surfacing and Dummy you should really look into the third album I've reccomended, Lunik - Ahead.

TricksterGRex
January 7th 2009



2087 Comments


Well I'm not much for hangovers but this is really good.

Oneironaut
January 7th 2009



302 Comments


This is really cool stuff, sweet find Willie. It is perfect hang over music, and the fact that outside is rainy and overcast, this music couldn't fit any better. I'll check out Lunik as well

Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That is one of the better environments to check this out in, that's for sure.
As for Lunik, stick to their first three albums. Their second is the best for someone looking for something similar to this (that's the one I reccomended).

Waior
January 8th 2009



11447 Comments


This is quite an unexpected treat. I'm a fan.

Waior
January 8th 2009



11447 Comments


And you're review is a perfect description. Never had such an idea of what I was getting into before actually... getting into it.

ninjuice
January 8th 2009



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review for a great album. I might end up giving this a 4, EP's shouldn't be docked just because they're EP's/short.

lateoctober
January 8th 2009



171 Comments


I always enjoy Mr. Fisterbuts taste in music, the review also made me want to download this EP.

Willie
Moderator
January 8th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So do it than ;)
I found all three of her full albums on iTunes this morning so I'm going to DL them when I get more time to actually listen to them.

foreverendeared
January 8th 2009



14678 Comments


awesome review. the musical guests on this album has really piqued my curiosity. downloading now

jrowa001
January 8th 2009



8750 Comments


checked out the songs. very good stuff. thanks for telling me to get this haha. great review as well



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