Annie Hamilton's Fade Is The Epic Debut You Were Never Ready For
Having sprung a solo career on your ears out of nowhere, former Little May guitarist Annie Hamilton, has released one of the most blissful, surprising and truly epic singles of the year in Fade.
It’s not often you get to reference bands as grand as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros or The National when writing about a debut single. Yet, here we are in 2018 ready to worship at the alter of Annie Hamilton. Australia’s very own faultless indie troubadour who in 3 minutes and 10 seconds will take you on a musical journey of truly remarkable scope and execution.
Hamilton’s debut single Fade feels like getting caught in a whirlwind from inception to collapse. A simple chord progression sets a platform for Hamilton’s voice to grab you before a storm of dynamics sweep into the song and carry you throughout. Spiralling, spacious and beautiful, Fade, builds until it breaks. Dropping you on a slow fading Hamilton vocal ‘You’re in my mind again’, which feels fitting for a song that will come back to you time and time again from the moment you first listen to it.
Fade billows around the haunting memory and desire for a former lover or relationship lost and the delirium those thoughts can create. Loaded with lyrics that will hit you, “I think I’m growing stones inside my body” and “they say that you will fade, but I’m still waiting” that paint a picture of longing and loss are balanced with hope in “this time is different, make me safe again”.
Fade is a perfect painting both musically and lyrically of the confusion and storm that comes from a troubled relationship lost, never begun or stuck in flux.
As a debut, Fade, is nothing short of incredible. Here’s to hoping for more new music from Annie Hamilton real soon.