EP Review: The Faim - 'Summer Is A Curse EP'

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The Faim are here to shake your world with their debut EP. With a wide range of sounds within the EP, you’ll be sure to find something you love.

Perth quartet The Faim have been building up the hype this year, doing extensive global touring and sparking excitement wherever they go. The release of their debut EP will only stand as a testament to the band being one of the most exciting new talent to watch, as we’re treated to six tracks that perfectly convey everything that is captivating about the band. With no two tracks sounding the same, it showcases a diverse range of material full of anthemic hooks and infectious melodies.

Kicking off with titular single ‘Summer Is A Curse’, it’s a heartpounding start as pop-infused beats gives listeners a catchy beat to latch on to. Pounding drums give this summer anthem a strong drive which will lodge itself in your head, and you’ll doubtless catch yourself rocking out. Rousing ‘woah’s are made for sing-alongs, and whispers of high strings add a flair of dramatics to the relatable lyrics.

‘A Million Stars’ dazzles in all of it’s poppy glory, as light guitars and breezy beats float in. Stripping back to a piano for the first chorus, it’s a striking moment as vocalist Josh Raven tells you “There’s a million stars in the sky tonight. Lay your head down next to mine” before the instrumentals pick up and build to soaring vocals. Throwing in a reggae section towards the end, it’s an unconventional combination that doesn’t sound like it should work. Yet when you listen to it, it’s like a match made in heaven.

Get the tissues ready for piano-led ballad ‘Make Believe’. Achingly poignant, it reveals an emotional side to the band as they tackle feelings of disillusion. The high notes of the chorus will pierce into you with an unparalleled emotional intensity, as Raven cries “I want to feel something, I want to feel air that I can breathe.” As the climax of the final chorus subsides to delicate piano tinkering, you’ll be left breathless.

The pace picks up again in “I Can Feel You”, and with it’s stadium-ready hooks, it’s sure to be a popular track in the live circuit. Upbeat and full of life, it draws out the youthful side of the band as playful melodies leap around. Hip-hop influences can be picked up in the catchy “My Heart Needs To Breathe”. With it’s unpredictable tempo changes, you’ll be left hanging on the edge, eager for what comes next.

Finishing with “When It Comes”, it’s yet another sound from the band as light electric beats set a calm tone. In merely six tracks, The Faim have proved their capabilities with a diverse range of material, and their future will certainly shine brighter than a million stars if they continue with the same zest.

Words by Athena Kam