Fitzsimon and Brogan – Big Blue World
Music is one of the most important mediums in all of art because of its awe-inspiring power to bring people of all intellects and creeds together in harmony, even if it’s only for a singular moment in history. The amount of emotion that can be conveyed in a lone note is immeasurable by our earthly standards, and the impact that a meaningful song can have on a society marred with love, hate, pain and happiness can last for decades and sometimes even centuries when it’s given to us during a particularly significant period. Right now, both in the western world and in the east, we’re experiencing more division and tension than it seems like we’ve ever known in modern times. The lack of love between people serves in stark contrast to the message of unity and togetherness that much of the world seemed to be working towards in the wake of the Second World War and the watershed of inspiringly positive music that followed its carnage. The thing that we all need right now more than anything else is music to again bring us together in its harmonies and make allowances for us to forget each other’s differences so we can move forward as a people. Fitzsimon and Brogan understand the importance of this, and it’s evident in their new album Big Blue World, which eloquently conveys a humble, warm sense of relation between artist and audience in a way that few are able to accomplish with any sort of authenticity.
In an organically engineered set of songs that study our interconnected personas and larger sense of obligation to each other, Big Blue World uses a gentle prose to articulate its message of unity. Even when it’s translated through a blistering guitar track that endlessly ascends towards the heavens above, it never feels like Fitzsimon and Brogan are deviating from a simple, almost muted attack that sets their compositions apart from anyone else in their competing class. Moreover, college radio has been soaking up more and more material that reads into an existentialism as plainly as songs like “Scared of the Dark” and “The Only Girl” do. There’s plenty of content to appease even the most discriminating of listeners, as well as some hooks that can crossover into FM territory if the right DJ’s get their hands on a copy of this record.
There’s nothing better than new music to align us with the freeing vibe of summer and aid us in releasing our inhibitions going into tomorrow. Big Blue World serves as a great example of what can be accomplished when two talented artists come together and focus on making something constructively forward thinking. You can tell that there’s more in the bank for this band, and this record is just the start of an era of creative fire for Fitzsimon and Brogan. I’m eager to see what kind of music they come up with next to soothe the aching of a world that’s in need of a shepherding sound.