Electro-synth trio Faded Paper Figures release their fourth studio album, Relics, on August 25 via Shorthand Records but have been slowly leaking tracks all summer long. BULLETT originally debuted cinematic synth supernova, ”Breathing” saying, “The track pulls Egyptian mythology into the future with its kaleidoscope of cascading synths.” Clash premiered the “sweetly cerebral electronic pop” of “Spare Me” from the, “Intriguing, inventive electronic three piece” and just before the fourth of July holiday, Wonderland featured, “On The Line” noting, ““Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet.”
Paste Magazine now has the exclusive album premiere of Relics and is streaming the record in full here.
The album is currently at radio and debuted this week at #92 on the CMJ Top 200
The “day jobs” of this bi-coastal group aren’t exactly your usual musician side-gigs: Heather Alden (keys /vocals) is in residency after graduating from medical school, R. John Williams (vocals/guitar) is a full-time professor of English at Yale (just published his first book), and Kael Alden (guitar/drums/keys/machines) writes music for a production company in Los Angeles where his music appears in films, TV shows, video games and ads. Ok, that one makes sense but you know what I mean.
Faded Paper Figures seems to have fully mastered not only their signature sound (electronic beats, gorgeous guitar riffs, and beautiful harmonies), but also accelerated full force into a brave new world of sitars, analog synths, and intense vocals. Relics spans a vast musical and lyrical spectrum, from epic synth-pop anthems on questions of life and death, to quiet, intense meditations on the passage of time. This is further emphasised by the album cover of the meditating astronaut.
Everyone has seen pictures of astronauts floating in space on an orbiting shuttle arm, walking through ancient moon dirt, driving space pods, and so on, but one thing you never see is an astronaut sitting down and meditating on his or her place in the universe–even though it seems obvious that those thoughts must be in an astronaut’s mind while floating out above earth’s atmosphere. To become a meditating astronaut, in the band’s view, means using technological and political tools to come to a more thoughtful, earth-saving perspective, realizing that our place in the cosmos is small, sacred, and fragile.
Faded Paper Figures release Relics on August 5 and will be announcing select tour dates for the fall.