Fazerdaze
Morningside


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dewinged CONTRIBUTOR (58 Reviews)
March 15th, 2018 | 124 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dream pop's luckiest girl

During a performance in last year’s edition of German festival Immergut, Amelia Murray couldn’t get her guitar to work. There was a cruel irony in the way the cursed instrument decided to go mute exactly at the time the band started playing “Lucky Girl”, Amelia’s groundbreaking single and stand out track of her debut Morningside. She gracefully powered through the act, with her guitar agonizing in her arms as she sang the extremely magnetic hook... ”I’m a lucky girl, I’m a lucky lucky girl” in lovely surrendered confusion.

Because the issue with Fazerdaze's music is precisely that, not much to do with luck but with grace, charm and captivating power. Amelia’s songwriting has a sting that is subtle and painless but the after effects take forever and after to fade away. With a voice capable of enveloping the listener in a soft blanket of heavenly melodies and warm fuzzy guitars, Fazerdaze’s first full length is an accomplished dream pop album that blasts her bedroom doors and reaches out to the world outside. The New Zealand phenomena has come a long way since her self-titled and first EP saw the light in 2014. In the safety of her room she wrote her introductory card, with the impossibly sweet “Jennifer” being the tip of the iceberg that she has aptly melted with the release of Morningside. Because if one thing can be said about this long play is that it tastes, smells and feels like a summer breeze through a coast ride at night in a convertible. On the other hand, Amelia doesn’t speak of happy summer days, on the contrary, Morningside deals with anxiety and the confusing nature of human relationships. What on the surface feels like a light hearted indie pop album is in its core the late night reflections of a girl trapped in her own fears and the insecurities of adulthood.

Amelia’s music is frugal, she only uses what she needs and nothing else, as deep cuts like “Shoulders” and “Half Figured" prove, she can make much with very little. Opening with “Last to Sleep”, Amelia’s slightly distorted voice plays along a joyous drum beat with confidence, somehow knowing that everything that is coming next is as good as those initial three minutes. It doesn’t take long until the magic of “Lucky Girl” takes the spotlight of the album, consistently shared with the purity of “Jennifer”. These two tracks are partly the reason why Fazerdaze has quickly grown too big for her room but there’s much more to be discovered in Morningside. The intensity of tracks like “Misread” or “Friends” represent the point where Fazerdaze reaches the loudest peak, with generous bursts of distortion that contrast with the gentle fuzz that overlays the rest of the tracks. The album closes with a throw back to the old bedroom days cleverly titled “Bedroom Talks”, a slow and dreamy tune that draws the curtain for Morningside while the sweet and sour after taste still lingers like a nebulous dream.

It’s clear that Fazerdaze is more than a promise to be believed, one of the many hidden talents in countless bedrooms that sing in a low voice drowning in modesty not to bother the neighbours. Fortunately for the audience, this one kicked the door open and decided to take on the world with graceful expertise. Lucky for her, and lucky for us.



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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2018


16952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrote this for brother budgie cause I know the album means a lot to him, plus I think it needed a review badly.



Succumb to the lucky girl here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My4j3vgFxbE



The inspirational live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5zZchHFIeM

Digging: The Stargazer Lilies - Occabot

gryndstone
March 15th 2018


1372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

album is mandatory summer listening

budgie
March 15th 2018


14748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i am happy

TheSpaceMan
March 15th 2018


12387 Comments


great review dude

budgie
March 15th 2018


14748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i loved that review wing, describing her music as a summer breeze is perfect, that's exactly what the album is, a summer breeze

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2018


16952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A summer breeze in this world of shit. Glad you liked it budg.



Edit: And tx Space!

parksungjoon
March 15th 2018


9584 Comments


never heard of this but it sounds like entirely my jam

hardpos

budgie
March 15th 2018


14748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if you dig dreampop at all you should love this, it's like the flagship dreampop album for me at this point. their s/t EP is awesome too, not a single track in their discography that isn't fantastic

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2018


16952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Plus mandatory listen to Hazel English, tx for the pos Park!

budgie
March 15th 2018


14748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

now i'm going to bug you about reviewing soft hate by memoryhouse, oh man i am so sorry that you have to deal with me

parksungjoon
March 15th 2018


9584 Comments


"if you dig dreampop at all you should love this"

u know me boiiii

halfway thru and it sounds pretty good altho the plasticy sound of the drum samples on a few tracks triggers me

"Plus mandatory listen to Hazel English"

duly noted

parksungjoon
March 15th 2018


9584 Comments


if all 2010s indie pop were dream pop i would actually like it

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2018


16952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol budg, I may give it a try or bug Atari so he covers it ;9

budgie
March 15th 2018


14748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i can't allow either of you to review soft hate unless it's a 4.5 rating, and i don't think either of you have it rated it highly, or at all, so i might have to end up reviewing it, damn

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2018


16952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go for it dammit! I'll give u a proofread if u need it.

danielcardoso
March 15th 2018


11770 Comments


Great summer vibes yeah.

parksungjoon
March 15th 2018


9584 Comments


dannyyyyyyyy

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2018


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Yeah this smells like summer even though when you dig deeper you find that she deals with less than happy issues.



Nice one Dewi as always, pos.

Digging: Sarke - Gastwerso

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2018


25136 Comments


swell write-up man, one of your most concise reviews I'd say

and yeah gonna have to spin this again soon with the weather getting nicer out

Digging: Proper. - I Spent the Winter Writing Songs About Getting Bet

parksungjoon
March 15th 2018


9584 Comments


yoo atari



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