Sarah Fimm
Karma Phala


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
October 27th, 2010 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sarah is giving away another one of her albums. This one isn't just an EP though. This is 31 songs, 1 making-of video, tons of pictures and more.

Sarah Fimm has always been passionate about her music and sincere about getting it into the hands of as many people as she can. She is constantly making her music available to stream online, and isn’t above giving away albums – as she did a few years ago with White Birds. Even though she is known for trying to share her music whenever it’s possible, her latest endeavor still comes as a surprise for its forward-thinking and the sheer depth of the project. Karma Phala is thirty-one tracks of new and unreleased music that spans her entire recording career, including three tracks from her upcoming fifth album, Near Infinite Possibility. It covers everything from ambient electronics to soulful acoustic rock while maintaining a consistently high quality throughout. In addition to that large quantity of music, Karma Phala also includes a high-quality ‘making of Near Infinite Possibility’ video, a ton of pictures, a personal greeting from Sarah herself and more. As if that isn’t enough, she has been giving the whole thing away for free on 1-gig thumb drives (she is even covering the shipping).

There’s so much to like about this release that it’s hard to even know where to begin. First, there is the large abundance of music that has a little bit of something for everyone. For new listeners, there are the tracks from each of Sarah’s previous releases that demonstrate her evolution from an electronics-dominated beginning to the more organic and expressive direction that she has taken recently. For long-time fans there is the novelty of being able to hear songs that Sarah Fimm, for whatever reason, opted to never release before this point. Much of the unreleased material is ambient and piano-based instrumentals that work well as transitional pieces between the fuller songs, but they’re also equally effective as autonomous pieces – as “War of the Worlds” demonstrates. The tracks that most fans will be interested in, of course, are the three songs from her upcoming 2011 release, Near Infinite Possibility. Without ruining any potential surprises, it shouldn’t shock anybody to learn that the songs are excellent and that they are, once again, a progression and extension of Sarah’s previous work.

The rest of the package will be much more interesting to the long-time Sarah Fimm fan than to the new or casual listener. The video provides an in-depth look at the making of Sarah’s upcoming album Near Infinite Possibility. For those that are curious about the process of making a Sarah Fimm album as well as for those hopeful of hearing glimpses of the new album, this video will not disappoint. Karma Phala also contains quite a few pictures from studio and video productions, as well as her own personal artwork. Her artwork, in particular, is well worth taking a look at as it displays yet another talent that Sarah seemingly possesses. The final odds-and-ends include a personal message from Sarah herself as well as facts and credits about each song on the album. The credits section specifically highlights the sheer amount of guest musicians that Sarah has worked with throughout her career. The list of guests is much too long to mention in its entirety, but notable musicians include Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails), Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Tony Levin (King Crimson) and Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer).

Karma Phala is definitely a labor of love – from the velvet bag and gold-shimmed hand-written thank-you card that accompanies each gig-drive, to the selfless way that she is giving the entire package away, it couldn’t be more obvious. For those that might need more convincing, though, the music itself should leave little doubt. Whether the song is a quiet little piano instrumental such as “Ant on a Wire” or any number of trip-hop and alt. rock tracks, the attention to detail and emotive vocals prove just how much of herself Sarah puts into every aspect of her music. The fact that this entire package is free is amazing, and should prompt even those that are only remotely interested to check out Karma Phala – and if you like what you hear, you owe it to yourself to begin looking into her extensive back-catalog as well.



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Willie
Moderator
October 27th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Five Songs are streaming here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=4483

Free Download: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=4483

Get the physical release (while supplies last): http://www.facebook.com/sarahfimm



BenedictVII
October 27th 2010


369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well it looks like I'll be downloading this later.

Willie
Moderator
October 27th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's worth downloading the video and pictures too since it's all supposed to be one package.

AggravatedYeti
October 27th 2010


7685 Comments


fuck me thats a lot of free material.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


28651 Comments


thats supposed to be a smiley underneath


Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

AggravatedYeti
October 27th 2010


7685 Comments


don't lie.

Willie
Moderator
October 27th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He's always lying.

AggravatedYeti
October 27th 2010


7685 Comments


that I can believe.

Willie
Moderator
October 27th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@theacademy: Do you follow her twitter or how did you come across that?

Photon
October 27th 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

downloading now

Bitchfork
October 27th 2010


7584 Comments


I had the vanishing sessions at a 5 for a while so def gonna get this

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


28651 Comments


@willie yea i have her on a massive list of music twitter accounts that i follow

tombits
October 27th 2010


3470 Comments


You got a hug Trey! I'm going to have to check this out, just because she's gone to so much effort to make it free and easily available.

Jash
October 27th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just sent an email to get the zip drive for free. I've never heard her stuff but it sounds awesome and the whole idea of this is so awesome

Obfuscation24
October 27th 2010


3939 Comments


Ordered the drive in the mail also, it's a cool idea

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


4461 Comments


yeah this is my first time listening to her. It's pretty solid stuff so far but I'm only part way through it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


31362 Comments


Will get this, even if its just for the pics ;)

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


28651 Comments


yea so this was (as predicted) awesome... had a couple of doubles but now replaced with better quality audio files!

ChildOfHate
October 28th 2010


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sarah gave you a hug??!!

I'm so freakin' jealous....... :x

PS: will download it when i get back home....

Willie
Moderator
October 28th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sarah didn't give me a hug. She has tasked others to do it. I'm guessing by your screen name that you won't be the first taker, ha ha.



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