Fassine has been teasing us with chilled and sophisticated tracks accompanied by intriguing videos for months now as they pave the way for Gourami, the latest, long awaited full album. This last chapter before the big reveal sees them at their most minimal, a beat cloaked in whispers and anticipation, the trip-hop vibe of the fledgling Portishead, the fragility of Warpaint and the ethereality of SPC ECO meeting in a loving embrace.
Neo-classical charm is threaded through futuristic beats, plaintive electronica washes through vocal delicacy, dance floor culture is turned into smoke and anagrams and dream-pop vibes soak into a wholly new sensual and understated EDM sound. This minimalist vibe even runs through the video, a hypnotic monochrome affair, again just lyrics and (hoof) beats, hypnotic and understated matching the slick and spacious music that drives it.
We have known for a long time that the pending album is going to be well worth waiting for, what has been floated out into the world so far has been wonderfully enticing, their track record has revealed impeccable taste and musical finesse, and if that isn’t what the world needs right now I’ll eat my Kate Bush albums.