Dean Fertita - Hello=Fire
The off-the-cuff nature of Detroit-weaned Dean Fertita's solo debut under the Hello=Fire moniker, recorded in fits and starts over 18 months, works in its favor; he's obviously having the time of his life, particularly on far-out excursions like the lumbering come-on "I Wanna Like You." To him, studio time is creative redemption, as much an excuse to indulge in silliness as to grow and experiment. That earnest sense of wonder makes the album affable enough to offset the sometimes overwrought songwriting.
One would expect plenty of classic rock and power pop inflection here — similar to his old Detroit-based band the Waxwings — but what's most intriguing about Hello=Fire is its coalescence with indie rock. Recent off-center records by Tame Impala and Ariel Pink hinged upon reviving the psychedelic and new wave touchstones that are Fertita's prime reference points. He's just as sentimental about them, but he's able to add a swagger and clean punchiness that college rock typically sidesteps; the heavy "Far from It" sells its trippiness beyond mere novelty. Call it hi-fi lo-fi — it's still a sonic throwback, but his charm and dedication make it convincing.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.