Let the alluring beauty of the giant pale green moon draw you in as it reflects off an expansive body of water; a lake, both hauntingly still and oddly serene. Secluded by mother nature, the surrounding darkness obstructs any view beyond the shadowed hills. Perhaps a new planet entirely, but only Hero Fisher truly knows.
Welcome to Glue Moon…
The dreamlike world that Hero’s mind would drift to when writing songs that became thematic and synonymous with this place that now embodies her striking sophomore album of the same name.
Unveiling this enigmatic world with one stunning image across the album’s cover, a photograph by long-time collaborator Julian Broad, Hero delves into a delicately complex and fragile, honest world, with lyrics and soundscapes that each deserve their place in a cinematic masterpiece.
British-born to Australian parents and raised in a small village outside of Paris; her father an illustrator and painter, her mother a potter and a writer and younger sister a weaver, she jokes that whilst it’s impressive, none of them know how to make any money. “My parents were not the pressuring type, but growing up I was definitely encouraged to be creative and I suppose if I announced that I wanted to be an accountant they would’ve questioned me considerably.”
Describing the creative process of Glue Moon as “taming the essence” of what her first album Delivery was about, into something more “relaxed and understandable,” Hero admits that Glue Moon “feels more loose and positive,” a fact she couldn’t be more proud of.
“There were so many cooks in the kitchen for my first record, and whilst I wasn’t new to making music, I was new to the idea of sharing it with other people, and that was very overwhelming for me,” she confesses. “I really took on other people’s advice without questioning it too much, which in retrospect is what I should have been doing.”
Although thinking about it now she’s unsure of what she would do differently, some valuable lessons were learnt in the process. “I certainly knew by the end of it that work colleagues are not the same as friends and while they can mix, you have to be very careful and protective of your sound and vision. The process taught me how to be a lot more ruthless in a sense that I knew what I liked and wanted when it came to my music and if you don’t stick to that then it just becomes messy and that benefits no one.”
“I had a lot of wounds to pick out with Delivery, Hero acknowledges. “I put up a shield in an attempt to protect myself from being too open or appearing too fragile, which I completely gave up on with Glue Moon.” Adopting, instead, what she imagines is Bob Dylan’s approach of, letting outside factors influence your sound and not be too tight on the reigns or too controlling over your own ideas. “It was very much an exercise in letting things happen organically.”
“I think a lot of people struggle with fragility everyday, especially blokes, but being fragile is a very admirable trait and it’s that human factor that’s interesting in any performer. So, this record is really about that fragility and how things are changing constantly and there’s no certainty about anything. It’s all just lovely and completely random.”
With an engrained belief that honesty is the key factor and a great level of respect for artists that make mistakes on stage, she explains, “I would honestly rather watch an artist make mistakes than a perfect perfect performance, because it shows that it is real. None of us are perfect and witnessing those moments are very moving because it strips an artist bare and you see them having to deal with it right then and there.”
However, that doesn’t stop the self-proclaimed perfectionist from trying. “I think if I was any less of a perfectionist, I probably would have released a lot more music by now. If I listen to Delivery, all I hear is how overproduced it is. The songs are a lot more clean cut and smooth but they’re incredibly overcooked,” although, that’s a fact she’s now at peace with. “I’m alright with putting that to bed and living with it now, I understand that was then and that’s okay. My motto now for both my sound and visuals is that as long as I don’t hate it, I’m happy to move on and make more.”
The frustration when an idea doesn’t turn out the way it was first envisioned however, is still there. “I struggle a lot with the visual side of my music, because I’m so overly protective of the imagery.” Working with different teams of people for music videos in the early days, there came a point when trying to describe her vision was taking up too much energy. So, Hero set to work on learning how to do everything herself, one of her proudest achievements to date, albeit one she acknowledges still wasn’t easy.
On Wednesday 5 June (DST) we’ll be able to reel in Hero’s artistic genius as she releases a music video for the wonderfully stripped back, Peaceful Mind that excels in creating an arresting atmosphere that gives her voice the perfect environment to thrive.
[Check out the sneak peak she posted on her Instagram below]
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that my videos are never going to look exactly like what I imagine them to be in my head, but if it goes with the mood of the song, then I’m alright with that.”
Pinning Push The Boat Out and Sylvie as the two defining tracks on the album, she reveals that both songs were heavily influenced by Marilynne Robinson’s book, Housekeeping. “While they’re not necessarily my favourite on the record, I do love them and they were the songs that really sparked the theme of Glue Moon.”
As for If I Die And Nothing Happens; that was inspired by a childhood story told to her by her mother. “She told me this story of a time on a planet thousands of years ago where a volcano erupted and created a large, thick matter around the o-zone layer, which meant that no light could get through from the sun for years. So, the lyrics came from me trying to imagine what it might be like to live on a planet where light is stripped from us and we’re left in the dark for years.”
“The chorus is a humbling feeling of understanding that you’re no more important than anyone else, so does it really matter if what I’m doing makes a difference. That sounds depressing and grim,” she adds with a chuckle, “but it’s supposed to be in a more liberating way, telling people to just relax and have fun! In my mind when I was writing Glue Moon, I liked the idea that chanting or some form of prayer was a nice way of going around lyrics as opposed to just story telling. I quite liked the idea of an incantation as lyrics. So I guess you could say that this song is a prayer for light, a prayer to mother nature.”
Feeling very content with Glue Moon and its beautiful state of complexity, Hero admits she’s now ready to go back to the beginning and master simplicity. “I want to now explore simplicity within songwriting and music because I feel like that is the hardest. Initially, I always dreamt of making big sounds and being a rock chick, because there is that aspect in my everyday personality, but I’ve come to realise that the music that works for me and my audience, is the more fragile stuff.”
“Simplicity strips you bare, you can’t hide behind anything, it just is what is and that’s what I hope my next album is…”
Stay up to date with Hero Fisher on Instagram and don’t forget to check out the music video for ‘Peaceful Mind,’ premiering on Wednesday June 5 (UK).
Listen to ‘Glue Moon’ now: