In 2016 Jeffrey Chan released Spectrum. Two year later he is back with FaultLine which tightens up his pop oriented, dance worthy vibe. The album contains ten songs of golden grooves that would go over well at any club or any house party that prefers to get guests moving their bodies.
The album starts with right around a two-minute intro. Even the intro has a great groove. It does its job effectively by introducing the type of album this is going to be. The dance party really starts to get going with “Breathe Heavy” which isn’t particularly far away from a group like Daft Punk. The groove goes through filters and felt like ’70s funk influenced and contains flashy synths.
“Forever” is a little more lounge-y and after hours worthy. Chan’s vocals are smooth and on the verge of sensual at times. The lyrics reflect a perfect night with a perfect love. The more chill vibe continues with “Porsche.” It’s a song that’s not stuffed with too many elements. He has more success with the short but effective “Didn't Need” which had inventive production.
“Masquerade” felt like a single worthy song. It’s a little more upbeat with a forwarding moving beat that is juxtaposed against atmospheric elements. On top of that it’s the hook that made me think it works as a single.
“Dilemma” is a full fledged club thumper. The beat definitely had a bit of a ’90s vibe with a classic 808 type kick drum sound and classic crescendos which would make a dance floor explode. “Hate To Love” was another intoxicating club thumper perhaps a little more aligned with an artist like Passion Pit. I think “Hate To Love” is a contender for the standout track. I was a little surprised with the acoustic guitar on “Break My Heart” which is straight pop. Chan closes with the title track which is ethereal, cosmic and very atmospheric.
As far as pop albums go FaultLine is one I wouldn’t pass up. The production is top notch and is a sure fire way to get people on the dance floor. Recommended.
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