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March 7th, 2012




Faces On Film - Waiting for GA

Faces on Film abandons traditional narrative for blurred imagery. Centered around an ambitious vocal hook, "Waiting for GA" kept us hanging on each note.

    From the start of Day 1, Fiore, the soft-spoken and unassuming Bostonian, showed bold creative talent. By the end of Day 2, we couldn't believe an artist with his vision and skill was still largely a secret to the wider world. Brought to us by curator Marissa Nadler, Fiore visited Miner Street Recordings for an unseasonably warm weekend in late January.

    Alongside Nadler, Glenn Forsythe of Brooklyn's St. Claire, and our very own Brian McTear on drums (also the session producer), Fiore and co. recorded the intensely atmospheric "Waiting for GA" illuminated by a sea of incandescent bulbs.

    Fiore's first foray into music was as a teenager, playing guitar on porches in his hometown of Rochester, NY with neighborhood friends and their parents. A foundation in folk and traditional American standards laid the groundwork for his evolution as a songwriter, but realizing songwriting didn't have to be about precise storytelling freed him to develop his music's identity. "When you relieve yourself of the burden of telling a perfect story in an arch, you get a glimpse of the words and imagery and language that come naturally," he says. "There's a layer of reality that is stripped away and it's as if a mechanism is exposed, and you can see into someone's mind."

    That approach guided Faces on Film's first two releases, The Troubles (2008) and Some Weather (2010), which earned Best of Boston acclaim and praise from outlets like NPR and PopMatters. Like "Waiting for GA," Some Weather captures more of a ethereal sense of existence without unnecessarily descriptive details. His reluctance to explicitly divulge the meaning behind his songs is central to his songwriting philosophy. "I have this weird superstition," he explains. "If you can identify the source of something and too perfectly pinpoint it, it can go away. It loses something you had before you could describe it.”

    Like many Shaking Through artists, Fiore never had the experience of collaborating with a separate producer. But after singing on Marissa Nadler's recent EP, The Sister, which was produced by McTear, he came to embrace the back-and-forth of ideas and how each song could evolve into something bigger. "It felt healthy. It felt therapeutic," he says. "When you get people together with good ideas, good things tend to come out. There wasn't a lack of that with Glenn, Marissa and Brian. Keep good company—that's what I'll take out of this."

"Waiting for GA” revolves around a simple guitar and vocal, leaving a lot space for the swirling, ambient effects that are common in recent Shaking Through episodes. Building the lush landscape around that core melody turned the song into something transformative, expanding the Faces on Film sound to explore the outer reaches of Fiore's unique perspective. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do—and that this will be the first step towards building Faces on Film the wider audience it deserves.



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