Eastern Souvenirs is the electro-pop project of Brian Fisher, a songwriter and instrumentalist from the Pacific Northwest. It started with a borrowed nylon string guitar, a collection of souvenir percussion instruments and a laptop with GarageBand. What has resulted is a collection of romantic, genre-hopping songs that feature sophisticated songwriting, esoteric percussion loops, jazz-infused guitar meanderings and buoyant synth-pop grooves.
The music evokes feelings of past love and vacations abroad as it drifts between hazy synthesizers and invigorating guitar arpeggios. The moody and nostalgic tones give way to an infectious, vibrant energy--like the first break of sun after a long winter.
Whether performing with a full band or juggling sets solo with the help of live looping, Eastern Souvenirs has made its mark in the Seattle region, playing some of the biggest festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and Upstream and most iconic clubs like Neumos, Chop Suey and the Crocodile. Eastern Souvenirs released its debut album in 2017 on Seattle-based indie label Big Bldg Rcrds, which garnered regular airplay from 1077 The End and KEXP.
Currently, Eastern Souvenirs has relocated to the East Coast and is getting ready to release a new EP due out in Summer 2019.
“Eastern Souvenirs boasts a surprisingly full, lush sound. Eastern Souvenirs cherry-picks from expansive guitar anthems and deeply funky rhythms, with shimmering songs that sound like a merger of heart-on-sleeve new wave and Built to Spill’s epic guitar hooks.” -ARTIST HOME
"...I could literally see the room, the people, the lights, and the performers, and I could feel my body moving in that space, I could smell that stale alcohol and too sweet sweat, which I think is really the ultimate goal of any album. Green Valleys is perfect but not too perfect, every so often Fisher throws in an off note or warps a chord, something to add this feeling of life being bent out of shape, taking the song to its extremes." -SECRETLY IMPORTANT
"Electronic music and acoustic instruments have always been able to coexist when merged with capable hands and Seattle producer/songwriter Brian Fisher has struck that balance with his project Eastern Souvenirs" -KEXP BLOG (FULL INTERVIEW)
"The light, catchy melodies will go perfectly with the summer energy we long for all year, and the melancholy subject matter accurately captures the season’s bittersweet, nostalgic tinge" -SEATTLE WEEKLY
"...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
"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
"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