SN&R – Uptempo melancholy

Christopher Fairman is celebrating the release of his upcoming LP “#Oakland” at Harlow’s on Sept. 11.

By Matt Kramer, Sacramento News & Review

Dreamy guitar filters and painfully real lyrics mark Christopher Fairman’s new album #OAKLAND. It shows what he does best: soul searching lyrics and haunting melodies.

Fairman, 32, a native Sacramento resident, said he doesn’t have any specific expectations or agenda for his music—to him, the most important thing is creation.

“I kind of had an epiphany about two years ago about music,” Fairman said. “I’ve been doing it since I was 16 and always wanted to be some kind of rock star or whatever, but I really don’t care about that anymore. I’m just trying to make good art.”

Having worked with critically acclaimed artists like Chelsea Wolfe and recorded in a studio run by indie musician John Vanderslice, it appears Fairman’s rock star dreams were realized on a level that most only dream of—even if that’s not his goal anymore. His other goal, to make good art, is realized on #OAKLAND.

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When: 7 p.m., Monday, September 11

Where: Harlow’s, 2708 J Street

Cost: $10

Information: Harlows.com