The young French DJ opens the door to a mystical new world with All Glows.
certainly has a talent for quality production. Already, he has firmly established himself as a front-runner of the French EDM
scene; his 2016 album Animal
is certified gold, and heâs supported a host of names including M.I.A
and label mate ODESZA
. His new album All Glows
is a stunning display of the producerâs careful craftsmanship and the first stroke on the canvas of his inevitably illustrious career.
The second of 16 tracks, âSomething Wonderfulâ features ethereal vocalist Ana Zimmer whose wavy, meandering tone cuts through chiming chords and driving percussive beats. A rich example of electronic-pop, âSomething Wonderfulâ is deserving of an excellent sound system and made waves amongst French fans at his recent live performance at KOKO, London
The Frenchman is known for blending diverse samples into his music, and no more so than in his collaborative track with European classmates Polo & Pan, ClÃ©ment Bazin and Noraa. âLost In Timeâ takes to you peaceful Asian monasteries, plunges you into the abyss of the deep ocean, and thrusts you into the sweaty crowds of French electronic clubs.
âLost Coloursâ and âChakraâ feel somewhat biblical in their downtempo melodies. Sounds of thundering rain, wailing pan pipes and progressive percussive beats are all-encompassing and immersive; you could well be sat under a tree in a tropical rainforest after the first wave of monsoon downpours or reaching the top of a steep climb through isolated mountain ranges.
The sweet vocals of Eves Karydas bring the album back down to earth. âOne Chanceâ has a lively breakdown (not dissimilar to the likes of early Kygo) with an atmospheric production fit for the summer festival stage. âConsciousnessâ, âNext Lifeâ are fluid, their melodies melt and mould into one another, giving the album a natural flow. The occasional soft twangs of an electric guitar add another dimension to All Glows
, particularly in âTokaraâ. Shut your eyes and you can almost smell the sea, feel the warm sand in between your shoes, and taste the beads of cool sweat falling from your upper lip.
Soft brass tones in âSacred Feminineâ and the breezy female vocals of âSea Songâ are further examples of Fakearâs ability to produce stylish and graceful songs that fall effortlessly into one another. His decision to feature standout track âLouâ towards the close of the album certainly feels deliberate. Under KOKOâs gargantuan disco ball, soaring electronic guitar riffs transported the crowd to a far-off land, filled with hope, freedom, and light.
It suffices to say; All Glows
really does glow. Rippling bass, luminous lyrics and spiralling synths lift each track to spiritual glory. Fakearâs true ability though is in his production. Each track blends seamlessly into the other, making it very easy for us to be thrust into a mystical, other-worldly musical experience.