Relics is the fourth release from nouveau synth-pop trip Faded Paper Figures, who have been doing their thing on record since 2008, when they released their debut album.  Of equal interest, two of the band, singer/keyboardist Heather Alden is a doctor and is married to multi-instrumentalist Kael Alden; guitarist/singer R. John Williams is a professor at Yale (if that isn’t enough, he’s a published author).  So it goes without saying, I expected this group to deliver “smart” music and dammit, they do.

The first single from the album, “Spare Me” is carried by Heather Alden’s alternately sweetly-lilting to sexy and enveloping with a catchy refrain and melody (who says synth pop can’t be warm and structured?)  “Breathing” has a heavier feel (think very early Human League) and (dare I say) a retro sound with bleeps and sequences; “On The Line” is another single possibility – upbeat and poppy, circa ’81 (Speak and Spell-vibe perhaps?).  There’s nothing I haven’t heard before, but Faded Paper Figures know how to write songs and prove as long as you can write a quality pop song, it doesn’t matter how it’s performed – they do the synth movement proud.


Relics will be released on August 5th



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Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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