Love can be beautiful like a cherry tree in full bloom, but if you’ve come here for an album review inspired by happiness and beauty, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place. Lena Fayre’s new EP “Is There Only One?” brings up poignant feelings of longing and rejection, and eventually the serenity that can be found in the post-rejection recovery.
“Is There Only One?” details Fayre’s struggle with today’s combination of social media and romance. The back of the album speaks to her experience and how it has shaped the album. “This led me to think about the structure of relationships, attachment, and how the modern romance is diluted or enhanced by social media.” says Fayre. Social media romance is not a subject that music broaches very often, so I welcome this highly personal foray into digital love stories.
The tracks on “Is There Only One?” are dreamy and poppy, infused with R&B melodies and relatively barebones drums. Fayre’s voice carries most of the tracks single-handedly, and the vocal depth that Fayre brings makes her seem like a musical veteran, despite being only 19 years old. I practically had flashbacks to the Destiny’s Child mid 200s era of female pop, except this is slowed down about 25% and percussion is far more subtle on this EP.
“Please don’t pretend I can love you like a friend” is the pervasive attitude on this album. Lena Fayre opens herself and provides almost excruciatingly painful details about her love life and her experience with social media. If you’ve ever had a crush on someone or talked about your unrequited love on twitter, this album is for you.
- Do You Like That?
- New Sensation
- Color’s of Leaving