Jared Fairfield/Afraid – ‘EMF’
The beautiful, and always on-point Stadiums & Shrines recently introduced me to this amazing spilt album by two Maine based electronic shamans. Jared Fairfield starts out the album with his brand of electronic bubbling, high pitched vocals yearning, subtle beats keeping you from drowning. Among the favorites on his side of the album is How Wretched I Am (below). It plays like a sacred song on contrition; anguishing at the wretchedness of self, but sounding like a holy hymn you’d hear wondering into some vast futuristic cathedral.
Portland, Maine’s Afraid lends his ethereal vocals, pitched high sometimes, and low at others. He starts off his half with Tearing The Tongue (below). A slow building crescendo of driving organ, clicking rhythm, and low pitched vocals bringing a air of authenticity. Something both Afraid and Fairfield do not lack, is a sense of being genuine. It’s something special to convey humanness in such nonhuman computerized methods.
EMF is streaming in full, and FREE for the taking here.