Bewildering blurs, sensations, hit my skin. With an enigmatic wing of darkness reflected in the rasp of self-reflection, the layers in themselves compound themselves into unassuming simplicity. Packaged emotionality – raw yet palatable – with a pang of familiarity. I can almost imagine how it transcends into your memories, and it becomes an indisputable quest to untangle are these my thoughts or his. Al that, and we haven’t even shattered through the very track. (Whose title could easily be misplaced with another lyric).
With cleverly crafted reverb, placement becomes notable. The space between things shapeshift. The choices are made. With piercing intentionality and controlled rage, the emotional pallete of this album becomes the loudest thing in the room. That and the baseline.
I’ll admit, it’s good. He’s good. The way he plays with chaos. The way he plays with uncertainty. The way he slips between dark and real. Without getting lost in anxiety. Or rage-fests. Making its own kinda cult, that feels a little more underground and underdog than commercial polite mainstream.
I appreciate that I can’t place it. Christianity or Emo.
A floodgate of interpretations.
At the end of the day – all there is, is the music.
Tracks that caught my attention included “The Meditation Song” and “Asylum of Human Resistance” holding together the title track “Still Alive”.
Tracks that pull you in.
Make you work for it.
Listen incredibly hard.
And still remain … unsolved.
Who likes a story?
“Born in Minnesota to professional musicians, Fred grew up seeing the hustle required of working artists firsthand. “I didn’t know my dad as a youngster, but I had his albums,” Fred recalls, noting that his father was often touring. “My mother was always singing around the house, and she was very talented. My mom was the biggest influence on me. That’s where I found my hunger.”
Musically, Fred keeps an open mind, and allows music from a wide array of genres to inspire him. “I like it when I change corners from one project to the next,” Fred says. “I’ve been part of the punk scene, the grunge scene, the rock scene, the acoustic scene, and it’s all fun, it’s all music, all different forms of expression.”
Fred’s own discography is a testament to this, covering everything from acoustic folk to straightforward, high-energy rock. And, like fellow Minnesotans The Replacements, Fred knows his way around alternative rock that blends supposedly discordant styles into something catchy and meaningful. “I have always been influenced by the last band I saw,” notes Fred. “There’s always something to get from listening to a song, watching a performance…it’s all fascinating to me.”
That same openness and curiosity can be heard in his lyrics, as well. “I write the music and the words at the same time,” Fred says, regarding his songwriting process. “What I enjoy is capturing the emotion within the music, the space between the words, and the words themselves.” That’s as much as he’ll say about his songs individual meanings; Fred prefers that listeners interpret his work as they see fit, and connect his music to their own lives.
Ultimately, what drives Fred Argir to make music is the simple fact that he loves it. “Picking up a guitar and sitting outside knocking out a few chords and jotting down a song – that seems like the closest I can get to where I want to be.”
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