Artist: The Faim
Title: State Of Mind
Release Date: September 13th 2019
Reviewer: Rod Strachan
Perth quartet The Faim recently announced their “State Of Mind” world tour. With that comes the release of the 10 track album of the same name. Here are my thoughts on the first full length release for the star on the rise band!
“Tongue Tied” is the album’s opener and sets an up tempo pace which quickly changes as quickly as it hits you. Extremely well written verses and change ups leads us on a short but very energetic opening 2 minute 46 second track. “Humans” is the perfect character foil following behind the opener. A deeply expressive look at what makes us and breaks us as the title suggests. A track with an automatically arrow right to the top of the charts!
“Summer Is a Curse” burst onto the scene some 15 months ago with the accompanying video almost at 3 million views on YouTube to date. The title track for the original released EP has made huge waves already in many countries and will be a staple in the set for the upcoming tour. “Beautiful Drama” is sequenced perfectly next and takes you down the road of the relationships we have all had in our lives. It’s an exquisite and epic proportions ballad for the ages. “Buying Time” is the shortest track on the album running in at 2 minutes 36 seconds but is a shot of rock right when it is required to get us to the second half of the album.
From the piano intro until the final chord “Infamous” captures you and doesn’t let you go as one of the many highlights on the album. The Faim show their extreme versatility next with “Amelie”. A multi facet song made up of segments that seem intricately fused together to make a masterpiece track that shines like a beacon in the night.
“Worlds Apart” leads the charge to the finish line. Amazing formulated lyrics such as “I can tell you what you’re feeling/I can’t hold you while you’re leaving” give this track incredible substance. The piano driven “Where the River Runs” gives you goose bumps with a vocally haunting performance by lead singer Josh Raven. Simply must be heard to believe how beautiful this track is! The title track “State Of Mind” closes the album out on an extremely positive note. Another track with multi change ups in its duration. This only adds substance to a stellar album.
All in all a top class album, “State of Mind” should see The Faim reach the heights they truly deserve! A clear 9 out of 10, only missing the perfect score as I don’t have the album in hand as yet!
Summer Is a Curse
Where the River Runs
State of Mind
About The Faim:
Over the past year, The Faim has built up a strong following around the world, from Australia to Europe to the States. They’ve performed at Download Festival, Slam Dunk, and Reading & Leeds, and toured with PVRIS, Against the Current, Sleeping With Sirens, and Andy Black. In 2018, The Faim performed 100 shows across three continents and 13 countries, while in 2019 the band embarked on their first headline tour, selling out shows in cities like London, Sydney, Amsterdam, and Hamburg. “Summer Is a Curse” has become a bona fide hit Germany, hitting No. 12 on the airplay charts after being played 24,000 times on German radio in 2018. The track, which appears in a Jeep commercial in France, hit No. 2 at radio in the Czech Republic. The group also scored the soundtrack to Coca-Cola’s global advertising campaign for Coke Zero, which was shown in 18 countries worldwide.
The Faim Is:
Josh Raven – Lead vocals
Sam Tye – Guitar
Stephen Beerkens – Bass, keyboard
Linden Marissen – Drums, percussion
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