Take a Peek Into Someone Else’s Diary

Take a Peek Into Someone Else’s Diary

Adriana SaboTuesday,29 September 2015

In the mood for some laid back, meditative instrumental music that will enable you to relax and think? As the summer has turned into fall for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, one can’t help but feel a bit melancholic. Fortunately, The Fischermen has the perfect album that will fit any kind of mood you might be in. Diary was released through suRRism-Phonoethics and it is a collection of songs that can be understood as almost-frozen moments in time. As you listen to it, you feel as if you’re witnessing something you can’t quite describe, happening in slow-motion.

The owner and creator of the musical diary is Gabi Fischer, a singer-songwriter, who explains his work with these words:

“To hear and to experience the music of the fischermen is similar to the experience of watching a movie; drama, emotions, expression, internal conflict and closure. The arrangements are a part of that film discretely amplifying the suspense and the jitters.
the fischermen is at the same time the storyteller and the main character of his own Diary, the main protagonist who simultaneously knows, sees and explores his story, who creates and is living through it; lonely, inspired and connected with the world and people.”

Diary is a completely instrumental album that, even though “lacking” in words, tells a story never the less. The music stands in between experimental electronic and ambient music, being, conveniently, both and neither at the same time. Fischer’s music draws inspiration from works of classical music composers such as Éric Satie, Claude Debussy and Frédéric Chopin — this being more than obvious in “Klipot,” which manages to blend these three composers into one — as well as, as the artist himself put it, by “the 20th and the 21st century bards including Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and David Eugene Edwards and the works of the masters of the modern, experimental guitar such as Marc Ribot, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore and Efrim Menuch.” Quite a company.

What shines very clearly through the nine entries (that is, tracks) of Fischer’s Diary is his knowledge of music. This reveals a certain inclination towards the sounds of artists who cherished sound experiments — and understood this idea in completely different, sometimes even opposite ways — and enjoyed playing with different atmospheres and sound timbres.

Diary, thus, introduces a variety of different musical styles that are often hard to connect to the title of the entry. The album is deeply personal and will make you feel as if you are, literally, taking a peek into someone else’s life, into a life of someone you don’t know. Your vision is sometimes foggy, other times clear and bright, but you constantly feel as if you are feeling what they feel without knowing why.

Whether you get swept up in repetitiveness of “a chat with chet,” feel the melancholy of “that longing” or the blues of a slide guitar in “the boogie,” you are sure to love Fischermen’s Diary.

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