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Sarah Fimm’s upcoming album, Near Infinite Possibility, is going to be released on May 5th and the first single from that album is “Yellow.” If you’re familiar with Sarah Fimm’s music then you’ll know that the album title is the perfect description for the way Sarah seems to view life as well as the potential direction of every new album. She has delivered such a wide array of music over the course of four albums that it’s hard to ever predict what she might do next. She’s dabbled in trip hop, ambient, soulful acoustic rock and even some atmospheric alt. rock.

If “Yellow” is any indication of the direction of Near Infinite Possibility then we’re going to be in for quite a treat. “Yellow” continues Sarah’s move towards an organic sound that relies much more on live instruments than on electronics. The song is mellow, emotional and even kind of depressing. The depressing atmosphere shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise once it’s learned that the song (and video) were inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a dark collection of journal entries written by a woman whose husband has put her on “rest cure;” confining her to a bedroom of a house that he has rented for the summer. Forbidden to work, she has to hide her journal entries from him, so that she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression —a slight hysterical tendency,” a diagnosis common to women in the Victorian period. The story depicts the effect of confinement on the narrator’s mental health, and her descent into psychosis, paranoia, delusion and desperate fear, as the disparity between reality and the events of her mind crumble. The work has been regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the nineteenth century toward women’s physical and mental health. Sarah Fimm has never been one to shy away from deeper subject matter…

The cinematography of the video was inspired by silent film, contemporary art, and design; psychologically, it draws upon the writings of Nietzsche, Carl Jung, Jean Paul Sartre, and Hunter S. Thompson. Employing tropes of horror films, eerie color treatments and quick edits, the video invokes feelings of curiosity and wonder, and at the same time, macabre and unease. The goal was to create a constantly shifting palette of reality to obscure the difference between dreams and waking life, between the conscious and unconscious mind.


It looks like she's going to release another awesome album.

As an Asian, I sorely resent the lyrical content.

Song is pretty okay. B-Prus.

Excellent. Should be a great album.

sounds a little maclachlanny

in any other context that would be an unequivocal positive, but i really liked the ambient/electronic stuff from fimm... hope she doesnt totally abandon it

I'm definitely partial to her electronic stuff, but this song is still pretty cool because of the depressing vibe, IMO.

Sarah Fimm has a new album out this year? Man, 2011 just gets better and better. I'll watch the video when my current album finishes. I loves me some Sarah Fimm.

I just got the promo :)

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