Electro-synth trio Faded Paper Figures released their fourth studio album, Relics, last month via Shorthand Records and the work has received accolades from Paste, BULLETT, Clash, Wonderland and The Music Ninja, to name a few. Faded Paper Figures seems to have fully mastered not only their signature sound (electronic beats, gorgeous guitar riffs, and beautiful harmonies), but also accelerated full force into a brave new world of sitars, analog synths, and intense vocals. UNCUT recently said the album, “Perfects their brand of ‘why-the long-face’ boy-girl electropop. Essentially, The Shins if they had loved New Order rather than than The Cure.”
The day jobs of this bi-coastal group aren’t exactly your usual musician side-gigs: Heather Alden (keys /vocals) is a doctor in residency, John Williams (vocals/guitar) is a full-time professor of English at Yale, and Kael Alden (guitar/drums/keys/machines) writes music for a production company in Los Angeles where his music appears in films, TV shows, video games and ads. Ok, that last one makes sense but you know what I’m saying.
Due to this situation, the band rarely tours but have a limited run of shows coming up on both coasts around their upcoming appearance at CMJ 2014.
(Photo Credit: Kris Sundberg)
Faded Paper Figures Tour Dates:
Oct 19 – New Haven, CT – Yale
Oct 21 – Boston, MA – Middlesex
Oct 22 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric – CMJ – Tijuana Gift Shop Official Showcase (8:45pm)
Oct 25 – Provo, UT – Velour
Oct 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room
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“One catchy crop of tunes. Much like the meditative astronaut that adorns the album’s cover art, the band’s delightful pop is out-of-this-world yet grounded in self-examination.”
– Paste Magazine
“I expected this group to deliver ‘smart’ music and dammit, they do. They do the synth movement proud. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”
“Forward thinking electro pop, with the glistening production shrouding a chassis which borrows from indie rock songcraft […] emotive songcraft and delicate arrangement”
– Clash (UK)
“Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet”
– Wonderland (UK)
“Relics . . . pulls us into the future with a kaleidoscope of cascading synths”
“Perfects their brand of ‘why-the long-face’ boy-girl electropop. Essentially, The Shins if they had loved New Order rhan than The Cure.”
– UNCUT (UK)
“The eclectic style of this trio really shines through on this newly released album. We don’t often get an opportunity to relate to so many different messages provided on an album, but Faded Paper Figures made that rarity a possibility. Ranging in all different styles of music, this album is a must have for anyone”
– The Music Ninja
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