FIZZ, the indie pop supergroup making a buzz, are bubbling with optimism after discovering the secrets to life in their dreamy debut album The Secret To Life.
FIZZ was the first moniker that band members dodie, Orla Gartland, Greta Isaac and Martin Luke Brown could collectively agree upon. Despite being plucked from the blue, the name is the perfect fit for the tight-knit music collective; their debut album, The Secret To Life, which dropped last week, is giddy with escapism, unpredictable and full of freewheeling fun.
The band’s latest project is the product of a summer spent locked in a recording studio in the British countryside. At Middle Farm Studios, Devon, FIZZ found the uninterrupted space that allowed their four creative minds to sync in running wild. With the help of producing wizard Peter Miles, they actualised their imagination and musical musings into a cohesive 12-track album.
Each member of the alternative indie-pop band is a successful artist in their own right. dodie is a critically acclaimed artist, Orla is an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, Greta is a Cardiff-born folky-artist and Martin is a self-described ‘gritty, soul-y, hippie boy’. Meeting coincidentally on their various musical escapades, they quickly became each others ‘biggest fans’ and began collaborating, honing a unique collective sound. Audible on their four previous singles, it was only a matter of time before a FIZZ album, and universe ‘Fizzville’, was born.
Described as the ‘sweet spot between reality and make-believe’, The Secret To Life takes listeners on an emotive, sensory-stimulating journey, akin to Willy Wonka’s bubblegum (one of the album’s inspirations). Most songs are uplifting but there are moments, like the interlude ‘Strawberry Jam’, which lament loneliness and melancholy. ‘You, Me, Lonely’ is a stand-out track, showcasing dodie’s captivating lead vocals along with cleverly layered harmonies. The band describes it as: “A time capsule for the moment right before two hearts break”.
Before FIZZ take their whimsical new music on a UK tour in February, we learn how the quiet quickly became the storm.
Honestly, no. The band is the dream, everything else is a bonus!