Written by Imani Wj Wright
[N]ot.fay's sound is more complex than a musical journey, it's an entire experience. This experience is cinematic, dreamy, and captivating. On fay's single, sadgirlhours?, all of the aforementioned qualities are embodied within 4 minutes and 4 seconds of time.
Prior to fay's vocals joining the composition, "sadgirlhours?" begins with full thumping percussion that fills your headphones, and a seemingly moderately space-esque melody. The mood is set in these opening moments, and one could capture the overall tone. It's a bit reminiscent of Drake's classic: "Marvin's Room." And fay displays the composition's character in an easily vicarious fashion.
[N]ot.fay told SwanoDown:
"I feel like anyone who has ever had their heart broken has been through these sad girl hours. I’m talking about the ones when you can’t sleep at night, you’re blasting 90s R&B and you drunkenly decide to text your ex you’re still in love with them. You wake up in the morning, realise you don’t actually even want your stupid ex back, and you’re cringing at the texts you sent… I just really wanted my listeners to relate to both the sadness and bitterness from the heartbreak, but also to be like [‘you know what, idgaf, a moment of weakness doesn’t mean I’ll take your dumb*ss back!’]"
Her openness, and vulnerability is evident via her sound, and explanation. And honestly, Isn't that what we love in our artists? Transparency... But- with such transparent lyrics, it begs the question as to whether or not fay writes her compositions with her audience in mind, with her own feelings in mind, or both.
"[I] 100% write [music] for myself. I feel like my audience can relate to my experiences, and.. if they listen to my music, it’s because they like it too. I know that what I like, they’ll like. And if they don’t, that’s fine, they’ll like the next [song]."
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