- Publish Date
- Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:54AM
FIDLAR have announced their highly anticipated new album 'Almost Free', to be released on 25 January 2019, and released their new single "Can’t You See". Listen to "Can’t You See" below.
"Can’t You See' premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac, followed by a US premiere on KROQ in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, and two plays on triple j. FIDLAR guitarist Elvis Kuehn speaks to the new song saying, “"Can’t You See" is about believing you need external things to be fulfilled when really that comes from within yourself. Play it loud while driving around Los Angeles and it’ll make sense.”
Jack Saunders from BBC Radio 1 commented, “FIDLAR took three years to kind of work out their next move, and sometimes you just need a moment to realise that actually, you don’t need to over-complicate things. Write what’s in front of you, write about what's around you... All about thinking that you always need something to complete your happiness. You don’t, that’s called the Instagram life, that’s not real life. You don’t need it, and FIDLAR are preaching in this new one.”
'Almost Free' touches on many of the tragedies and irritations of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich and the self-involved, post-breakup telecommunication, performative wokeness, the loneliness of sobriety or the lack thereof. But through sheer force of imagination and an unchecked joie de vivre, the L.A.-based band manages to turn feeling wrong into something glorious and essential. In the age of joyless self-care, Almost Free makes a brilliant case for being less careful, for living without fear of fucking up, and possibly embracing any incurred damage as a lucky symptom of being alive.
The album sees the band pushing boundaries into new territory and influences while staying true to their unshakable core. “A lot of the vibe was, 'Well, why can't we do that? Why can't we have horns? Why can't we have key changes? Why can't we have a harmonica loop?',” said lead singer/guitarist Zac Carper. “It was about taking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain't no rules." Elvis added “Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it.”
"Can’t You See" and 'Almost Free' were produced by Grammy-nominated producer Ricky Reed (Phantogram, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots), mixed by multi-Grammy Award winner Manny Marroquin (Sia, Kayne West, Rhianna, Bruno Mars), and mastered Grammy-nominated Chris Gehringer (Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Twenty One Pilots).