Stefanie Chew aka Faded Gold has released her second EP and it's the best yet.
I first came across Faded Gold when we tried to book her to play a NewPath show last year. Alas, it wasn't to be as Stephanie moved to London and couldn't make the show. Since then I've been an avid fan, so having recently started to post reviews on the site I thought it would be nice to play catch up with some music I really like.
A total of four tracks and a running time of just 14 mins makes this EP, which I'll refer to as EP2, just as beautifully fleeting an experience as the previous offering. Like her musical influence, M83, Faded Gold manages to get you lost within the subtleties of her warm dreamy melodies.
Although full of optimism, there's a sense of longing in the music. I could imagine any of these tracks on a lost John Hughes film soundtrack particularly the lulling track 'Sundaze', which evokes the kind of wistful outlook you would find from any Breakfast Club character.
As with all of Faded Gold's artwork, EP2 manages to capture the spirit of the music. Featuring a girl mostly submerged in water with the sun beaming down, it brings about feelings of tranquility and reflection.
You can buy this release on her Bandcamp page for a 'name your price' amount. While you're there check out the other releases.
// Stephen Johnston
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