Wil­lard Grant Con­spir­acy

★★★★ Un­teth­ered LOOSE. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Andy Fyfe

The last tes­ta­ment of the late Robert Fisher. It’s hard to sep­a­rate emo­tion from fact with Un­teth­ered, writ­ten al­most en­tirely by WGC main­man Robert Fisher prior to his 2016 can­cer di­ag­no­sis, but recorded dur­ing his treat­ment, be­fore he fi­nally suc­cumbed a year later. Never one to leave life’s dark cor­ners un­ex­plored, Un­teth­ered en­cap­su­lates his ca­reer: boom­ing and gnarly on Hideous Beast, like a lost Birth­day Party song, and ten­derly dewy-eyed for 26 Turns and the ti­tle track. Fash­ioned from the ses­sion tapes by long-time as­so­ci­ate David Curry, it still feels like Fisher’s fi­nal state­ment on life and love, writ­ten with un­know­ing but now-eerie pre­science, per­formed be­neath the shadow of loom­ing tragedy. Amongst the grit and dirt and de­fi­ance, Un­teth­ered is strangely cel­e­bra­tory for a me­mo­rial, as won­drous and rich as any­thing Fisher re­leased in his life­time.

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