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Faces on Film Poised to release their new album, Elite Lines

Courtesy of Crash Avenue // Credit: Michael Basu

Courtesy of Crash Avenue // Credit: Michael Basu

Boston singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Fiore, whose musical persona is known as Faces on Film, will be releasing a new album on March 25. Its title, Elite Lines, is a brief but beautiful track on the new album, a delicately finger-picked, mysterious and personal instrumental piece (which came to him in a dream), that serves as an important focal point. Though the remaining seven songs are varied musically—a wistful piano and organ ballad, dreamy Big Star-esque pieces, bluesy R&B, Eastern flavorings and languid indie pop, it is all underpinned by the intimacy of a bedroom recording. It’s about quiet introspection. As Fiore explains his middle-of-the-night muse visitation, “When that happens, when you’ve got something good,” he says, “you gotta hold up your end of the bargain and go wake up and at least capture it.”

Elite Lines is Faces on Film’s third album since their 2008 debut, The Troubles, which was followed up in 2011 with Some Weather. Fiore has said that this album is less opaque and more obviously personal than his previous releases. He’s also been open about his creative inspiration, citing Neil Young’s “I Believe You,” Harry Nilsson’s “Many Rivers to Cross” and Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good.”

Two songs have been released so far, a gorgeous and haunting guitar and piano lament called “The Rule” and the soulful yearning of “Heartspeed.” Elite Lines can be preordered on Esty and presumably will also be available from the usual iTunes and Amazon sources.

There will be two album release shows in Boston and NYC:

3/24 – T.T. the Bear’s, Cambridge, MA – buy tickets
3/25 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY – buy tickets

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Show Preview: Youth Group, The States, The Honors, Leo Blais ~ T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge ~ Friday, October 16, 2009

Youth Group (midnight), The States (CD Release, 11:00 pm), The Honors (10:00 pm), Leo Blais (9:00 pm)
at the T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge, MA
Friday, October 16
(doors at 8pm; 18+ show)

Youth Group, at their show @ TT's last April

Youth Group, at their show @ TT's last April

I had the pleasure seeing Sydney-based Youth Group at T.T.’s back in April. Very impressive. With a strong focus on the considerable songwriting and vocal abilities of Toby Martin (who also plays guitar), he’s joined by Danny Allen (drums), Cameron Emerson-Elliott (guitar) and Patrick Matthews (bass). They’ve been performing together since the late nineties, with a big following in Australia, having supported such artists as Elliott Smith and The Strokes. They became better known here in the U.S. when they toured with Death Cab For Cutie. Their music has been compared to Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Matthew Sweet, and the aforementioned Death Cab. Toby Martin cites Teenage Fanclub as a strong influence.

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