The last time we saw George Cassavetes, he was laying himself bare (both figuratively and literally) in the video for glossy pop soliloquy "Always", the debut single from his solo project Stay Bless. Now he’s back with some more post-coital pop in the form of the title track from his forthcoming EP Faded, which features couple-of-the-moment, super producer Dev Hynes and Friends frontwoman Samantha Urbani.
Cassavetes states that the track was originally written after the breakdown of a relationship, “expressing the feelings you get when someone you've invested so much of yourself into doesn't return it.” He revisited these musings of unrequited desire six months later when he “was in a happier place and felt like I got my 'groove' back.” He recorded with Hynes and Urbani when they visited him in London, and Urbani says that she “recorded all the vocals while riding Dev piggy back style.”
It took the decay of one relationship to start writing 'Faded' and then the energy of love in its youth to finish it. I guess I'm a vampire
“They're such a happy and energetic couple that I wanted to bring that vibe to the track,” Cassavetes says of the decision to include the pair. “I asked Samantha to record some vocals round my flat – she has such a powerful, beautiful voice. Dev came with her and sprinkled some of his Nile Rodgers-esque guitar magic on it too.”
The result is a track that embraces breezy pop classicism but is intertwined with flickers of modernity and summery delicacy. Foggy lyrics are murmured over balladic chords and shredded riffs courtesy of Hynes, before burning into a lilting call and response outro over the noise of a burring crowd that bookends the track.
Cassavetes is keen to reiterate this cyclical nature that he says also encapsulated the recording process and the potency of its bittersweet conception. “It took the decay of one relationship to start writing 'Faded' and then the energy of love in its youth to finish it. I guess I'm a vampire.”