Fair Visions has shared their brand new EP Modern Kids, which is now available to stream. This cyclical, paranoid mentality stems from Fairly Visions (Ryan Work) early days in New York, which he describes as “haunted” and akin to the feeling of “beating your head against a wall for years without realizing you’re the only one who can stop it.” In a first for Fair Visions, ‘Channel’ depicts this free-floating mindset via an extended interlude that draws on house music.
The six varied tracks of Modern Kids form the second half of a statement begun with Fair Visions’ debut A Way Out, released amidst the gloom and disintegration of 2020. But where A Way Out was illuminated by innocence (or, perhaps, naiveté) — evoking David Bowie and New Order in its oscillating moods and lush instrumentation — Modern Kids embraces darkness with a Pandora-like curiosity, introducing a wide chromatic rainbow of hooks and textures, from piano and stompbox fuzz to spectral background vocals and acid house breakdowns. At once tight and sprawling, Fair Visions have never sounded more complex in their channeling of the heady dance lineage of New York New Wave.
Fair Visions began soon after Work’s arrival in New York from his Tennessee hometown in 2017. Borne, like so many before him, into the city’s seething mass of crises and contradictions, he struggled with uncertainty about his path even as he began composing the material that would become Fair Visions’ first two EPs. After opening for fellow post-punk revivalists Nation of Language in 2018, Work alighted upon Abe Seiferth (LCD Soundsystem, Guerilla Toss, Car Seat Headrest), who has become integral to Fair Visions’ studio output. The project has since featured a rotating membership of collaborators surrounding Work and Seiferth.
02. Modern Kids
03. The Soft Machine
05. New Values