Fait – ‘Atmosphere’

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Almost twelve months after first hearing Fait‘s ‘Koto’, the multi-instrumentalist has released her debut EP ‘Atmosphere’ (available now @ iTunes). The Perth-based artist (Elise Higgins) has turned heads since posting ‘Slow Glow’ and more recently the ‘Surrender To‘ video. It rapidly attracted more than 13,000 views before being removed after someone flagged it as a health threat for having strobe effects lasting more than ten seconds. Hence, version number two is now live. Who knew that was a requirement!? Budding filmmakers take note!

 
Fait – ‘Koto’

While at its heart ‘Atmosphere’ is instrumental rock, Fait cuts her own musical path that tiptoes between ambient, post rock and her shoegaze influences. In doing so, she avoids the instrumental clichés we’ve come to expect. There’s no eight minute songs, we don’t have to endure minutes of repetitive riffs just to hit a predictable crescendo, and there’s no ten word (over the top) song titles either! This is a re-invention of sorts and a breath of fresh air. Of course, due credit also goes to producer Darren Lawson for his production talents in the studio. Darren is known for his work on My Bloody Valentine’s ‘MBV’, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s ‘Belong’, as well as engineering stints with White Lies, Razorlight, Wolfmother and Editors.

‘Atmosphere’ has two tracks we haven’t yet heard, the dramatic piano led ‘Halcyon’ and the subdued closing song ‘Lucid Dreaming’. Both of these focus on cinematic atmospheres that blend well on either side of the explosive ‘Surrender To’. Perhaps the greatest compliment to these songs is that there’s few moments where the absence of vocals is noticeable. While I can imagine where a vocalist might sing over ‘Slow Glow’, it’s really a non-issue.

As the five song collection wraps up we’re left wanting more, but it does play out like a self contained body of work. Fait’s ‘Atmosphere’ is among the best EPs covered on SBWR this year, it’s a memorable listening experience and pushes the genre forward. You don’t have to be a hardened post rock fan or high brow avante-garde stalwart to get into it, it’s accessible. Highly recommended! With fellow Perth natives Hyla in tow, Fait will soon hit the road, catch the launch show at The Bird on May 31.

Fait – ‘Slow Glow’

Visit Fait online / Download the ‘Atmosphere’ EP @ iTunes @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

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Fait – ‘Surrender To’

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Perth solo artist Fait has posted her latest video ‘Surrender To’ ahead of her debut EP release ‘Atmosphere’ (out next month). It’s also a precursor to forthcoming live shows, the first time we’ve seen a full band setup. Fait (Elise Higgins) enlisted producer Darren Lawson for the recording, known for his work with Editors, My Bloody Valentine and White Lies. ‘Surrender To’ is a fantastic slow burner with a suspenseful “it’s going to get loud soon” opening and indeed it does! The wall of sonic mayhem is contrasted by a simple but groovy baseline. It’s a testament to Fait’s composition that the lack of vocals is a non issue. The industrial strobes of the video are a good fit, not far removed from the visual onslaught of classic Nine Inch Nails clips. It leaves little doubt that ‘Atmosphere’ will be a fantastic EP, given the strength of previous singles ‘Koto‘ and ‘Slow Glow‘.

 
Fait – ‘Surrender To’

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Gentlemen – ‘Duke Oddity’

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‘Duke Oddity’ is a great way to spend three minutes, it’s the latest instrumental piece from London’s Gentlemen. The five piece formed in 2012 with members from the UK, Italy and Australia. Influenced by the progressive sounds of the 70s, Gentlemen retreated to a country cottage to record the ‘Night Reels II’ EP, available from February 25 through Week Of Wonders.

 
Gentlemen – ‘Duke Oddity’ [VIDEO]

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Fait – ‘Slow Glow’

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Multi-instrumentalist Elise Higgins (aka Fait) is currently working on her debut EP with producer Darren Lawson (MBV, White Lies). The Perth-based solo artist gave us ‘Koto‘ last June and recently followed it up with ‘Slow Glow‘. A mixture of dream pop, shoegaze and experimental sounds, ‘Slow Glow’ is like three songs in one, and they’re all good!

 
Fait – ‘Slow Glow’

Visit Fait online @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.