Listen To: ‘A Strange Sound’ by Brigid Fitch

Listen To: ‘A Strange Sound’ by Brigid Fitch

Adriana SaboMonday,17 August 2015

The word “queer” brings different associations to minds of different people: some will instantly think “gay”, others (read: bigots) will think “sick”, or “twisted” or something else that is utterly wrong. With her new album titled A Stranger Sound Brigid Fitch explores the original meaning of the term – “strange” – in connection to the nightclub scene in Berlin. In other words, A Stranger Sound was made to bring to life everything that people find “different,, “unpleasant,” “strange” and unfamiliar. In this sense, this album can’t be listened as all others. If you wish to sit back, relax and listen to some music, don’t press play. A Stranger Sound is, I’d say, deeply political, just like queer became political. It is meant to make you question the things you find “normal”.

Brigid Fitch is “the stage persona of Berlin-based performance artist Brigid Pasco. Operating in a vortex of critical theory, pop feminism, internet culture and identity assemblage, Brigid Fitch seeks to embody the confusion of living life as a spectacle.” Exploring the world of the “strange,” she intends to show how artificial, constructed and fake the “normal” is. Stating that her influences are “Britney Spears and Throbbing Gristle,” she reveals the core of her poetic: she operates with elements that are considered to be utterly different and irreconcilable, yet that in reality exist together and often intertwined. She took pop from Britney and the aggressive, strange and shocking from Throbbing Gristle. 

She describes A Stranger Sound as “set against a typically Berlin backdrop of nightclubs, bars, and parties populated by the nominally queer, the addicted, the escapist, the outcast, the broken, the flamboyant, the narcissistic, or the otherwise ‘strange.’ A world which is as heavily policed as the one it mirrors, and in which power is as sought after as any other drug. A world comprised of ecstasy, dysphoria, displaced and misplaced emotions, the failures of community, and an inability to truly lose oneself, for better or for worse.” She creates a “queer soundscape” of the world that most people would reject, a soundscape of real people that won’t or can’t fit the “normality norm.”

When it comes to the music itself, it can loosely be described as experimental. A combination of beat and concrete sounds — that invite the association to Berlin nightclubs — and voices that sing, whisper and talk about secrets, fears, pains and everything else that will make you uneasy. They speak of the queer. Her music sounds as of it was broken to pieces and then put together again and it speaks of being out of balance. As she asks in the first song: “Have you ever felt your center of gravity shift?”

Bridig Fitch’s  A Strange Sound is an album that must be experienced. It’s message needs to be heard. We are queer in one way or another and we can benefit a lot by queering ourselves. So listen closely. And think.

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