Hello friends. Welcome to another distastefully late post from ya girl. However, this one has me genuinely excited, so hopefully that somewhat makes up for it?
Today I’m gonna take some time to introduce you to a dynamic duo if I’ve ever heard one, Fake Fake, comprised of Justin and Leith from Canada. The boys found their way into my email inbox, and as per usual, I was keen to have a listen to their new single, Goodnightmare.
Friends. Friends. So happily surprised. By this point you all know there are very few things that get me hyped like a really tasty bass line paired with some smooth vocals. Fake Fake deliver both, and I’ve been listening to their debut single over and over again since first hearing it.
Justin, who lends his as previously mentioned, smooth as heck vocals to the track, shared with me what the song is all about.
“‘Goodnightmare’ is an ode to the friendships and romances where you find yourself deeply relying on someone else. How that dependency is a freeing and also paralysing place to find yourself in. There are some very personal elements to it, but also a wider commentary on that idea of dependency. Lines like “talk me out of all these bad cliches” and “all of us need a crutch for a lover” really speak to that.”
It’s also entirely self-produced by Leith, who’s the production mastermind behind this machine, and Justin explains why.
“The track was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Leith (producer & instrumentalist) with the two of us collaborating on aspects of that process. We had talked about outsourcing parts of the mixing and mastering process but when it came time, it felt right to self produce and have our debut single really reflect ourselves as a duo and our personal stake in creating this track. We also self-produced the visuals for ‘Goodnightmare’.”
“What are the visuals?” I hear you ask? Have a look for yourself.
Super different, not like anything I’ve ever seen before, but I love it. There’s nothing too fancy, it’s pretty simple, but I genuinely think it’s one of the coolest things ever. It suits the song perfectly.
Like I mentioned, there’s so much in this song sonically, that I think makes it such a winner for me. The bass line really drives the song along, but Justin’s voice is such a great contrast to it, plus there’s that funky guitar riff that pops up here and there within the verses. And the chorus. Ooft. Plus, the lyrics?
It’s such a groovy conveyance of such a universal message that Justin sings about, one that literally anyone can relate to either already or in the future.
“I think that feeling of being in love with and also terrified of dependency really comes across in the lyrics, but more importantly in the music and production as well.”
He’s not wrong. There’s so many different dynamics within this song, it vamps and vamps continuously, even using the chorus as a build -up within the bridge to lead into the final hook. I think it’s a really smartly produced and structure one.
This tune is genuinely one I wish everyone was hearing on the radio. I definitely can’t wait to see how Justin and Leith will pull it off live…