By Devin Duckworth | November 28th, 2011
Ann Arbor’s Macklin Underdown, aka creator of electro-pop enterprise Fthrsn (pronounced Father Son), has recently released Hysteria via Speaker Snacks. Hysteria is a collection of six lo-fi tracks that transport sundrenched beams of light through attractive beats and addictive melodies built around Underdown’s dazed vocals.
“Hysteria” frantically starts off with a harsh tribal beat eventually joining effortlessly with hazed vocals and tropical build. This sort of ethnic engagement continues with “Tony Carter” and “Nothing’s The Matter.”
Hysteria‘s standout gem, “Colors,” starts off delicately before unfurling into a melodious frenzy of sparkling, danceable beats, leaving the sounds to lead the track until the chorus where his vocals stretch to a ghostly register.
“So Long” is a more mellowed out tune that begins with hazy, crackling beats and tropical drumbeats building up to a full burst of spacious melody.
“Only Happy” has that Washed Out charm, with a fuzzy beginning lasting about 20 seconds, then almost immediately shifting into a heavy bass with Underdown’s reverberated croon. Mid-way through the track, the mood shifts into tribal chanting and constant drum beatings on what sounds like wood percussions.
Fthrson makes a nostalgic and overall impressive debut that leaves its listener in a stoned trance, caught somewhere in-between a tropical island and African tribe. This jungle of songs draws inspiration from several corners of the world while still coagulating a uniquely solid album.
Aside from creating music under the pseudonym Fthrsn, Underdown is a Performing Art Technology student at University of Michigan and blogger of music website, Zen Tapes.
Download Hysteria on Fthrsn’s Bandcamp here.