Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.
In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.
Samuel Tye, The Faim – The 1975 (Deluxe Edition) by The 1975 (2013)
When I think about this record, it reminds me of a very specific time in my life and probably soundtracked most of my days from about age 17 – 20, both early mornings at uni, late nights in my shed (which was a jam room) and everywhere in between.
I actually remember not being that interested in the record at first as I had only heard it as background music in a friend’s car (or something to that extent) and never really took the time to sit down and take it in, note for note or word for word. A few months down the track, I decided to download a couple of songs as I had a few extra dollars left on my iTunes account from a gift card I received for my birthday one year and thought “why not?”
As you would expect, these songs were both singles, ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Sex’, which — when I think of it — took me a while to get into. After annoying everyone around me with those two songs for longer than expected, I decided to buy the deluxe edition of the album on CD, and after hearing the record in full for the first time it instantly became my soundtrack to every moment for 3 years.
Up until this point in my life, I had never heard songs with much of an ethereal vibe, the song ‘Falling For You’ gave me a feeling I had never felt from a song before and lyrically there is something that feels extremely honest and raw about this song (and the record as a whole).
Songs like ‘Settle Down’ and ‘Heart Out’ became regular dancefloor tunes at house parties, whereas ‘Intro / Set3’ and ‘Facedown’ became songs I would listen to by myself before going to bed.
This record had everything I wanted from an album at this point in my life, it definitely inspired me artistically at the time, and every now and then when I hear a song from the record it takes me back to some great memories.
The Faim are a Perth-based pop-rock band on the brink of global domination, who are unleashing their debut album ‘State Of Mind’ this Friday, 13th September.
Pre-order here or check out the cinematic music video for their latest track ‘Humans’ below.