Sarah Fimm
The Vanishing Sessions (B-Sides Part I)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
December 4th, 2009 | 16 replies | 13,264 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This might just be a collection of B-Sides and a few re-worked tracks, but it comes together as much more than that.

This has been a pretty productive twelve months for Sarah Fimm. It all started with a little EP called White Birds that hinted at a potential musical transition. Just nine months later that potential became reality in the form of her fourth full-length album, Red Yellow Sun. The big transition that White Birds had only hinted at was the move from electronic-based songs to compositions that relied much more on acoustic guitars and classical instrumentation. Not only did Red Yellow Sun make the transition without any issues, but it also did it so well that the lack of electronics was quickly forgotten about. For most artists an EP and a full album that features a substantial musical adjustment would be enough work for one year, but it turns out that Sarah Fimm isn’t quite finished. It’s been less than three months since the release of Red Yellow Sun, and she is back with The Vanishing Sessions (B-Sides Part 1).

It should be apparent from the title that this isn’t so much a new album as it is a collection of unreleased songs along with a few re-worked tracks from previous albums. The interesting thing is that you’d never think for a moment that anything less than 100% went into the crafting of each of these songs. From the droning synths and haunting vocals of opener “Vanishing” to the gritty rock of “Be Like Water (Acoustic)”, every song is good enough that it could have been featured on one of Sarah’s four albums. In fact, one has to wonder why some of these songs were never used before now. Second track, “Fragile”, is a perfect example with its unique mix of electronics, harp, cello and trip hop beats. This eclectic collection of influences isn’t just limited to individual tracks though; the entire album features an array of inspiration. Over the course of The Vanishing Sessions there’s modern rock, a proggy instrumental that features Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails) and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment), mellow piano pieces, chill trip-hop and much more – and, amazingly, it all flows together fluidly.

Someone once commented that Sarah likes to freely move between acoustic, rock and electronic music and that her curious nature causes her to try whatever has captured her attention at the time – no album has proven that statement more than this one. Over the course of 14 songs Sarah delivers dark electronic drones, heartfelt piano ballads, a proggy instrumental and some energetic rock. What’s more is that she brings all these styles together in a cohesive way that doesn’t make the listener feel as if they’re listening to something that was haphazardly thrown together. No, as with every other Sarah Fimm release, it’s obvious that a lot of work and dedication went into the creation of this album. Here’s hoping that this assortment of influences continues to capture her attention.



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Willie
Moderator
December 4th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kept this brief because we're going to be streaming this entire album on Sputnik starting Wednesday morning.

PuddlesPuddles
December 4th 2009



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

< 3 < 3 < 3

Great review

CushMG15
December 4th 2009



1802 Comments


Good stuff dude. I really dug White Birds but never checked out the full length. I'll be sure to stream this ASAP.

Willie
Moderator
December 4th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. I'll have the stream up early on Wednesday, and you should get the full length.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2009



28417 Comments


where else is it streaming?

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

ninjuice
December 5th 2009



6760 Comments


Exclusive Sarah Fimm Album Stream


theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2009



28417 Comments


^i see you've quoted text that's not from the review...curious...

so then how is this reviewed (if i'm allowed to ask)...making an exception to hype the exclusive?


don't get me wrong I think its a good idea, I'm just wondering...
(I like this chick's music btw)

Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a digital-only release, but I was sent an advanced studio master to review and use for the stream. Staff can review albums that don't have a stream if they've legally obtained a copy from a band's label/management/etc.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2009



28417 Comments


legitttttttttt nice

Willie
Moderator
December 5th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of course! Sputnik doesn't condone file sharing ;)

qwe3
December 9th 2009



21355 Comments


"vanishing" is soooooo good

Willie
Moderator
December 9th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. That song surprised me. It was definitely darker than I expected.

LG
December 19th 2009



3049 Comments


Arrgghhh lammmeee!

Willie
Moderator
December 19th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who'd you plagerize that comment from?

LG
December 20th 2009



3049 Comments


Probably from every person who reads your reviews. lol jk, I still actually enjoy ur reviews despite the fact ur being a prat

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Welcome back, but you have to expect some shit for awhile.



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