You probably know Meric Long from his over a decade long stint as one half of The Dodos, but now it’s time for you to get to know FAN! Meric announced his brand new solo project last fall via the 7-inch Fire b/w Disappear, which earned him praise from Billboard as “an artist brimming with the passion of unrestricted creative expression.” Hell yeah, let’s get passionate!
On that tip, today FAN announces his self-produced debut album, Barton’s Den, out May 4th. Check out the first single “Bob1” now courtesy of Consequence of Sound. This track is a definite nod to Brian Eno’s early solo work, but learn all about the real inspiration behind it via CoS Origins, where Meric goes deep on his influences, from his father’s boots to Devo.
Following his father’s death, Long inherited two synthesizers from him – instruments he began playing in the purest sense of the word, with no particular purpose in mind other than the sheer enjoyment of seeing what kind of sounds he could make them produce. Still grieving over the the loss of his parent, the time spent on a Yamaha AX60 and Realistic Concertmate MG-1 helped bridge the gulf of their abridged relationship. “I’ve had a lot of regret about not overcoming the space that existed between us,” says Long.” I would have liked to get to know him more. I think working with the synths he passed on was a way to continue the conversation.”
Pre-order your Early Bird copy of Barton’s Den now on 180-Gram Midnight Blue/Lilac Starburst.