Transcendent Band Defies Cataloging
Fairmont defy genre definition. This act has a comfortable grip on pop-punk, soul often found in singer-songwriters, and a variety of indie-pop styles including the recently popular ability to transplant harmonies from the 1960s. Unlike many modern multi-genre bands, however, Fairmont are good at it. The tunes on Transcendence fit together into a coherent whole despite deliberate stylistic differences.Lead singer Neil Sabatinoâ€šÃ„Ã´s voice lends itself nicely to every performance ranging from simple and soulful to more complex punk-pop numbers. While all of the songs on the album are upbeat and genuine, “Being & Nothingness” is perhaps a bit longer than strictly necessary. “Nowhere, Mass.” would be an excellent example of songwriting if it werenâ€šÃ„Ã´t for the strange underlaid talking at the end of it. Some of the album’s lyrics are trite, such as the repeated “Just love what you do / and do what you like” from the aptly titled “Everyone Hates a Critic.”
The musicianship on Transcendence is understated, and at times even delicate, but always well-crafted. Fairmont favor clean drumlines and whimsical piano over the typical driving rhythm of alternative rock. This choice creates a pure sound in songs like “Prick” and “Awkward Silence” belying the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s more traditional punk lyrical themes.
Fairmontâ€šÃ„Ã´s sound is influenced by a wide variety of artists and styles, but in an age of musical mimicry they manage to maintain a sound of their own. While not without its flaws, Trancendence is fun indie-punk well worth keeping on repeat.