Faye Webster - Faye Webster
Faye Webster’s youth is definitely evident in her song writing - similar to Khalid in that respect. Which isn’t a bad thing – for a younger fan base, they’ll find it relatable. For older listeners, her lyrics bring nostalgia of losing your first love or adjusting to life away from home for the first time.
Faye’s position on Awful Records can’t be ignored, as she is a noticeably strange outlier amongst mainly hip-hop artists still considered ‘underground’ outside of Atlanta. She told W Mag: “It’s just a big group of weirdos. Everyone’s different.”
Her airy, mournful sound reminds me of Stevie Knicks meets Bonnie Raitt meets a sad Dolly Parton. Here are my thoughts on the stand-out tracks:
Wrong People – This track is boppy but a little sinister beat that’s lacking a bit on song writing (seems like a lost opportunity with such great background). The intro reminds me of True Detective.
She Won’t Go Away – You can’t help but tap your foot to this track while it hits on a familiar feeling. The self-styled video is amazing. One of the more upbeat songs on the album despite being about heartbreak.
Alone Again – Mentioned with “She Won’t Go Away” in the W Mag feature, it’s a breathy and mournful song with a nice touch Bass at the end.
I Know You – One of my favorite tracks on the album. Feels like the most hit potential song – one that would be featured on playlists/picked up by blogs.
Is It Too Much To Ask – Peak slide fiddle seems like her signature sound. It’s fitting given her family history with bluegrass.
Remember When – The violin gives me goose bumps and the lyrics paint this really sad forlorn love story.
Her sound is something I’d think would do really well on vinyl – not just because of the slide guitar, violin and fiddle, but because it’s so easy to listen to from start to finish. This is, in some ways, both a criticism and a compliment. The subject matter stays essentially the same throughout the album: sadness over a lost lover. The sound remains consistent with her signature breathy and forlorn vocals, but each song is still beautiful in its own way and each track flows into the next.
It’s definitely a progression from her first album, which had the evident markings of a debut project. Regardless, someone who can cover “Dancing in the Dark” in a way that’s both unique and does the song justice demands the respect of her listeners. The new self-titled album, Faye Webster, exudes an evolution of the artist - a furthering of her identity – but still illustrates room to grow while illuminating the path ahead.