VINYL FORMAT. Comes on colored vinyl! On Loom, the band's much anticipated debut album, Fear of Men took the time to experiment with contrasting fidelity and dense textures, inspired by their claustrophobic subterranean studio surroundings and nocturnal recording sessions. Weiss and Falvey bring an excited, obsessional sense of devotion to every aspect of the project; self-producing their music, creating all artwork and directing videos, they shape every aspect of the Fear of Men aesthetic.
Rather than simply marrying a handful of influences, Fear of Men designs their music from an almost uncomfortably personal place. Weiss broadcasts crippling disconnection, boredom and sexual dread with all the dour verve of a young Morrissey. The band flit between dire philosophical observations and listless melancholia, riding melodies so carefree that anguished sentiments come off more like lazy sighs. The songs owe as much to the writing of Anais Nin or Fassbinder's films as they do to the cold sonic atmospheres of the Chills or Broadcast.
The title of the album both alludes to the interweaving textures that run throughout the record and references the darkness that hovers above much of Fear of Men’s output. Classical instrumentation appears throughout Loom, warped and distorted alongside musical saws and backwards guitars, giving a sense of the imperfect to the album’s pristine pop melodies.