Editors' Notes You’re never quite sure where Anna Meredith might lead you on her stunningly inventive second album—the follow-up to 2016’s equally visionary Varmints. Opener “Sawbones”, for instance, sees the Scottish composer delve into twisting (and occasionally anxiety-inducing) electronica; by track two, she’s moved on to dreamy pop featuring sweet, whispered vocals. And that’s just the start. Elsewhere, Meredith draws on rock (see the bright guitars of “Limpet”), strings (the haunting “moonmoons”) and frenetic electro (“Paramour”—a 176bpm joyride that recalls orchestral arrangements as much as it does club dancefloors). Such boundlessness could well be seen as an exploration of the uncertain world in which Fibs was created. But it’s also undoubtedly the natural course for an artist whose work awarded her an MBE in 2019, and is cherished from the classical world to high fashion via cinema (Meredith delivered her first film soundtrack, for Eighth Grade, in 2018). Either way, here, Meredith masters chaos with awe-inspiring control.

SONG
Sawbones
1
4:38
 
Inhale Exhale
2
3:46
 
Calion
3
5:06
 
Killjoy
4
3:45
 
Bump
5
3:50
 
Moonmoons
6
4:15
 
Divining
7
4:13
 
Limpet
8
3:16
 
Ribbons
9
4:12
 
Paramour
10
4:56
 
Unfurl
11
2:14
 

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