Eastern Souvenirs is the musical endeavor of Seattle-based songwriter and instrumentalist Brian Fisher. Building on loops of rattling, world percussion instruments, minimalist electronic beats and lush layers of guitar and synthesizer, Eastern Souvenirs creates sonically immersive songs that thrive on the push and pull of foreign and familiar.
"The sound is decidedly percussive, feeling distantly European against American indie rock guitar lines. It's the push and pull of cultures that makes Eastern Souvenirs such an interesting concept" - PreAmp Blog
"Beirut-esque shoe-gaze? Sounds too good to be true, we know, but Seattle based Eastern Souvenirs, is making it a reality. Born from a wide array of instruments brought home from trips abroad, the project has a uniquely relaxing yet invigorating sound." -The Wild Honey Pie
"...intricate, percussive music with guitar, synthesizers and a variety of percussion instruments from around the world. It’s the kind of stuff that typically has fans of Talking Heads and the Feelies creaming in their art school shorts" -Nada Mucho
The project began in early 2014 as a bedroom recording project utilizing Nepalese, Indian and Sri Lankan percussion instruments sent back as gifts from Fisher’s in-laws overseas. Underneath the ambient rattling of seed pods, rain sticks and wind chimes, there’s a contrast of cultures--between his wife’s ex-pat upbringing in New Delhi, India and his own upbringing in the rainy, indie rock capital of the Northwest. There is a distant world-folk influence in the arpeggiating melodies of the classical guitar that’s hard to put your finger on geographically and an immersive backdrop of analog synthesizers and percussive ambience.
Joined by musicians Wesley Williams on guitar, analog synth and programming and Cody Thompson on drum sampler, Eastern Souvenirs is releasing their debut EP and bringing these meticulously crafted beats and melodies to stages around the northwest region.