Faded Paper Figures have got rebirth on the mind in “Breathing” from their upcoming fourth album Relics. The track pulls Egyptian mythology into the future with its kaleidoscope of cascading synths. “The lyrics are an attempt to make sense of life and death, old-Egypt style,” guitarist and vocalist John Williams explains. “We all die, so what happens then?”
A tough question, but an appropriate one for Williams, who is a professor of English at Yale, and vocalist and keyboard player Heather Alden, who is in residency after completing medical school.
The rebirth theme is sort of a coincidence, he says, seeing as they had to pull off some resurrection magic on Kael Alden’s rig. (The album was produced using all analog synths). “We spent quite a chunk of money to get Kael’s Roland Jupiter-4 working again. It involved corresponding online with some potentially sketchy characters somewhere in Eastern Europe, but they turned out to be enormously helpful.”
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