Today, FIDLAR released the mind-bending video for “Can’t You See” featuring Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, Adventureland) and directed by Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail). Starr takes the band on a surreal trip that reflects the band’s perspective on the dark underbelly of Hollywood. The single, which has over 2 million streams on Spotify, comes from the band’s highly anticipated new album, Almost Free, out everywhere today.
Almost Free touches on many of the tragedies and irritations of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich and the self-involved, post-breakup telecommunication, performative wokeness, the loneliness of sobriety or the lack thereof. But through sheer force of imagination and an unchecked joie de vivre, the L.A.-based band manages to turn feeling wrong into something glorious and essential. In the age of joyless self-care, Almost Free makes a brilliant case for being less careful, for living without fear of fucking up, and possibly embracing any incurred damage as a lucky symptom of being alive.
The album sees the band pushing boundaries into new territory and influences while staying true to their unshakable core. "A lot of the vibe was, 'Well, why can't we do that? Why can't we have horns? Why can't we have key changes? Why can't we have a harmonica loop?',” Zac Carper said. “It was about taking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain't no rules." Elvis Kuehn added, "Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it."
Laura is a native St. Louisan living in Austin and giving you the front row view by photographing your favorite artists.