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: