The Fainters is a young band from Australia that recently released a five-song EP entitled Post Youth. The band did things right and took their time making these songs. They carefully crafted the songs and recorded in a pro studio and got it professionally mastered.
As affordable and and fun as DIY can be for artists there is still a huge chasm between the majority of home recording projects and music created with the help of professionals.
Post Youth sounds great from head to toe. The mixes are vibrant and everything fits where it's supposed to be. The guys make indie rock that is smothered in melancholy. I thought they have some serious skills although aren’t they a little young to be feeling this morose and reflective?
The guitars are clean and there are very little effects at all. This is a bare bones band but it fits their style. The first track is entitled “My Ghost” and gives you a good idea of what to expect. I thought the lamenting vocals fit the song and I also was impressed by the structure of the song. With very little instrumentation the band explores some unique crevices. The song is a grower - very much so. The song had my attention the first time and about the third spin I was really into it. Great opener, showing a unique style.
Next up is “No Confidence Man” which was an excellent choice for the second track. The track is more upbeat and way more catchy The best part about the song is the way it combines the melancholy and upbeat vibe.
The band continues to impress with the title track “Post Youth.” The orchestral strings are so subtle and tasteful. On top of that the vocal lines are melodic and memorable. “The Shore” is a nine-minute song that doesn’t disappoint. I’m not going to go into the details but it's pretty epic without sounding epic! They close with a rocker called “New Age.”.
The Fainters is a very promising young band. This is an exceptional release. They have an ear for taste and most importantly can sound melancholy yet not feel melodramatic. A truly hard feat that many bands fail at miserably. Highly recommended.
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