Review: Fairmont


Think of Fairmont as a less ambitious Weakerthans.  The vocals are thin and reedy, barely sounding mixed, all on top of a mess of electric and acoustic guitars that somehow all manage to come together in a wallowing stew of harmony and down-tempo strumming.  Make sense?  Sure it does.  While the Weakerthans push the envelope with their sparingly simple sound, Fairmont remains content to go on playing their chords and singing about good love gone bad.  “Anomie” is roughly split into two distinct halves, the first being a slow, meandering “hurts so good” indie-emo bit, the second being a more involved, string-driven set of songs.  And yes, “string-driven set of songs” is another way to say indie-emo, but for some reason the last half of the album just seems a little more thought out.  You may not find any brilliant, introspective gems on “Anomie” like you might stumble across on “Reconstruction Site”, but there’s enough here to hold your interest.  Unlike this review.