- 03 May 11
Cork art-pop outfit Fred were already one of the most popular live acts in the country, but their latest album, Leaving My Empire - recorded in Montreal with Arcade Fire producer Howard Bilerman - has found them ascending to a new level of excellence.
Fred: classically quirky Cork popsters, yes? Well, maybe not. For a start, they're technically only three-fifths Corkonian. For seconds, the groovy videos and witty promo clips belie serious songwriting chops. And thirdly, for their new album Leaving My Empire, the quintet decamped to Montreal to record in Hotel2Tango with producer Howard Bilerman, whose CV includes Godspeed You Black Emperor, Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Accordingly, it's an elaborately arranged and sometimes melancholic record that encompasses Motown pop, neo-classical and post-rock, with shades of arts lab alumni like Roxy and Bowie on the album's centrepiece 'Fear & Remedies'.
Leaving My Empire is out now on RCM. You can listen to ‘If Not Now When’ on hotpress.com now.