Truth to be told, I’ve never been a Sixpence None The Richer fan myself, but this cross experiment between Delirium members and Leigh Nash as the vocals behind Fauxliage deserves to be given a chance, and that’s what I did some years ago when I first came across one of their songs.
This has been sitting in my collection for about 4 years, and for the most part it has always been in the back of my mind, but for some bizarre reason every time that the winter is around the corner (winter runs from May to October in my country) this album is the kind of music you crave to listen in those cold, cloudy afternoons when you need something to warm you up. Not only this sounds very good under those conditions (at least that’s what works for me), it also pulls some really personal strings and evokes a reflexive and introspective look at yourself while you’re at it.
This mix of Canadian / American line-up bears more resemblance to Nash’s work with Sixpence None The Richer than with Delirium’s usually electronic driven material. However I believe that the essence of the latter is evident all over this, in a very subtle way though. The reflexive and calm nature of pretty much most of the songs is all there as an evidence of that, I believe.
Leigh Nash has the habit of taking a particular song and make it so easy to listen to it, grace it with that puzzling and yet accessible voice of hers and make it enjoyable for everyone in the process. However if you thought that this would never be something more than just a nice couple of songs with a known voice, let me tell you that there’s much more than just an easily recognizable voice waiting for you here.
Sometimes you find an album whose songs help you free your mind from the structure and limits imposed from more traditional and superfluous genres, and this one is one of those rare examples where it manages to do so driven by the lyrics and a beautiful voice to go with them. I can think of other albums that can evoke such experiences but most of them don’t feature vocals or are minimal at best, so it is good to have one that diverts from that but still can pull the same trick. There are a couple of instrumental tracks here and there though, and at least for me they weren’t the point of interest, I actually kinda missed Nash vocals during those…
I was misled to believe that this was a more electronic influenced album, and oriented towards the usually trip hop / electronic formula, but I have to say that this tastes a lot more pop than electronic, so the experience briefly reaches the elusive mellow-female-vocalist goodness but for the most part it stays in the more traditional and easy achievable pop sound, which is not a bad thing at all, in case you were wondering. That’s their formula and they are sticking to it, and as long as it works as good as it does here, I don’t care.
And after five years the chances of another Fauxliage album are very unlikely, which is unfortunate to say the least. Whether that happens or not, this side-project provided us with a couple of interesting moments by artists that otherwise belong to very different worlds. It’s not the best of both worlds, it is more like what happens when one enters the world of the other.