New recording ‘RPM’ an homage to the albums of old
Back in the 1970s, albums were albums, Jim Fidler believes. Not simply collections of songs put together on a record, albums like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” were meant to be listened whole, as a piece of art, with a story to tell.
Jim Fidler launches his sixth album, “RPM” at a performance Thursday night at the Masonic Temple in St. John’s. — Submitted photo
Fidler says he wanted to bring that concept back with his latest CD, “RPM,” which he’ll officially release with a show at in St. John’s Thursday evening.
Not only does he borrow a concept from the ’70s, Fidler borrows a sound — with guitar riffs and less electronica than his previous recordings, “RPM” sounds like blast from the past.
“I’ve heard it said … that the album is dead. I’ve always loved the album as an art form in and of itself,” Fidler explains. “It’s like paintings as opposed to sketches, or movies as opposed to two-minute clips on YouTube, or theatre as opposed to quick skits. The album tells a story; it takes the listener from beginning to end and through the middle.
“You come out the other end feeling like you’ve been somewhere. That’s the whole spirit of this album.”
“RPM” traces the life of a fictitious character, Mickey Finn, who has long dreamed of fame. He achieves his goal but ends up realizing that music and life are more important than hit songs and a commercial image.
I’ve always loved the album as an art form in and of itself. It’s like paintings as opposed to sketches or movies as opposed to two-minute clips on YouTube … The album tells a story; it takes the listener from beginning to end and through the middle. Jim Fidler
Fidler, a St. John’s-based musician, composer and music producer, has been blind since the age of nine. He plays a dozen or so instruments and mixes his own recordings. This is his sixth album to date, although he’s worked on many for other artists, both local and from around the world.
“I’ve got to say that I have had more fun making this record than any other album that I’ve ever made for myself or anybody else,” he says.
Fidler will launch “RPM” with a public show at Spirit of Newfoundland Productions (the Masonic Temple) on Cathedral Street Thursday, starting at 8 p.m.