Fat Nave released I on March 29 independently. He’s a veteran indie musician from the DC area and has been playing in various bands for years. Only recently did he decide to branch off from those projects and take on the solo venture I.
The three-song album took about a year-and-a-half to completely finish. Fat Nave wrote nearly forty songs and narrowed his final picks down to just two, and then wrote the third thereafter. The tracks are very full. They have catchy choruses with nice harmonies and consist of very lyrically-heavy songwriting. In this brief, yet telling project, the artist defines a sound for himself through three unique tracks.
“Don’t Wait” opens up the project, and stands as the catchiest of the three. It’s a love song in which the artist expresses his finding solace in love, “Life gets hard, no letting go, just sick of getting bent / You are light from afar that must be heaven sent.”
The track also seems like a great driving song. Maybe it’s the use of the word “headlight” in the chorus, or maybe it’s the storytelling sentiment of the song, but this could surely be in the scene of a movie where the guy drives across the country to get back with the girl.
The second track “Begin Again” has some enchanting synths that pave the way for the artist to sing about a love that has passed, and the emotional recuperation that ensues. The artist sings, “Have to learn to look within / Maybe here is the time that I begin again,” which is definitely some very relatable lyricism. At times, I felt that the verses on this track get a bit wordy, but otherwise, all of the elements are molded together very nicely.
“Movin’” comes off as a bit more sensual than the other two. The interesting usage of church organs and the funky guitar and drum soloing at the end make the track complete. I especially admired his lyricism because of the story it tells. It’s forbidden love, really. His lover is changing something within him that has been constant for his whole life; opening his eyes to a new world. “Much more elemental / You’re changing my chemistry / Do we get undercover? / Or do we tell the truth?” he sings implying that there is something about their romance to hide. He goes on to question why they fear what they don’t know, perhaps nodding to the possibility of others not accepting their relationship. It’s honest and inquisitive songwriting if you ask me.
Production-wise, this album is project is very tight. Airshow Studios’ audio engineer Randy LeRoy mixed and mastered the album excellently, as it certainly sounds like a very professional product.
Having said that, I wish that there were more songs here. The three tracks don’t do the musician’s talents justice. “Don’t Wait,” “Begin Again” and “Movin’,” are all stand-alone tracks from one another in terms of their different discussions of romance. But hopefully in the future, we will see more of Fat Nave. This album perfectly sets the stage for a full follow-up from the DC-based artist.
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