• Jacob Kemp

FYFE - Games Review

Games by Fyfe is available now

Fyfe, (formerly David’s Lyre) is back with the brand new indie pop infused EP ‘Games’ his first since 2019’s ‘Extended Play’, a collaborative effort with Iskra Strings who has worked with some of indies biggest names like the XX, Sufjan Stevens and Vampire Weekend to name a few. Although Fyfe may not have been appearing on our weekly release radars over the past few years, that is not to say he has not been busy, becoming a sought after producer in his own right.

The journey from Fyfes debut to 2022’s ‘Games’ is only a seven year journey, but a journey it is. 2015’s ‘Control’ introduced the world to Fyfe, the follow up ‘The Space Between’ cemented his ‘Fyfe Sound’ and ‘Games’ shows us he is a force to be reckoned with.

it will have you reaching to press play again and again and again as you’re never quite satisfied with just one listen

‘Games’ comes in at just under 20 minutes, but in the world of 2022 where the new 3.30 minute pop song is now just over 2 minutes it’s hardly surprising. It has the sort of running time that will have you reaching to press play again and again and again as you’re never quite satisfied with just one listen. This is a record of moments, be those sky soaring melodies from a slightly distorted vocal on the title track ‘Games’, pulsating, reverb soaked synths on ‘operator’, or the minimalist approach of ‘In the Band’ or ‘Friends’ which has the signature layered vocals that is something you come to expect from a Fyfe track, accompanied by a lonely, solitary lo-fi guitar.

As shown on his previous releases, Fyfe's crafted sonic landscapes with unconventional and attractive sounds, continues to draw the listener in as they sound so familiar, almost nostalgic, but in that same breath are so new and unique. Often opting for a reverb soaked vocal line in the background instead of a synth or guitar, he’s an artist whose melodies can speak for themselves.

As produced and sonically pleasing as this record is, it also has so many moments of underproduction, as if he reached for that synth, guitar, lead line, drum loop, but instead pulled his hand away and opted against it. Rather these songs feel still in their infant stage, lo-fi and almost unfinished in their construction and maybe by themselves that's exactly how they would feel. But in the context of the EP, everything fits exactly where they are supposed to.

Fyfe says about ‘Beat of My Drum’: ‘I was thinking a lot about how babies want to be close to their parents’ heartbeats for comfort when they are first born, and it reminded me of the need as adults to sometimes just ‘Be’… not to talk etc necessarily… just be present’. And Fyfe puts his money where his mouth is and assembled an aural environment that is both parts a beating heart, but also so sparse so where you can just be.

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