"I was born right outside St. Louis.
My favorite house was the one we lived in during elementary school.
I had my own room.
I decorated it with bikini girls, Spongebob and Dragonball."
And so begins the story of Los Angeles-based musician Dan Fade and the twisting avenues of his mutated indie rock tendencies. And while there's very little official background on Fade, just the errant Tumblr musings of youthful life given purpose through exposure to things like The White Stripes, Lil Wayne and GarageBand, there's also a sense of timeless appreciation for intersecting musical histories. Fade doesn't cling to a single aesthetic, nor does he heedlessly conjoin different genres without purpose. His work is considered but brash, a mixture of vigor and release, of younger associations and older memories.
For his first official release, Fade has chosen to share "Lonely," a song that breezes along on the back of its summery guitar lines, effortless melodies and crashing percussive movements. Incorporating bits of doo-wop, early rock 'n' roll and cascading indie rock arrangements, the song is mish-mash of influences that never feels piecemeal or quartered by its various lineages. There's a beautiful economy to its construction -- nothing seems out of place, but then it all feels so spontaneous. And the the drums barrel into frame and obliterate your senses; Fade seems particularly content to explore this soft-loud rhythmic disparity.
The track doesn't rise and fall on the weight of any given musical blueprint; rather, it constantly builds and releases tension as we shuttle between the verses and chorus. One moment we're blithely feeling the ocean spray on our face as we race down some coastal highway, and the next moment we're bombarded by the cavernous presence of its darker inspirations. "Lonely" finds Fade moving between genres, discovering little pockets of wonder wherever he settles. With such an impressive first outing, it'll be interesting to watch as he builds on the gravitational anticipation that "Lonely" creates in the minds of it audience.