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Fay’s uniquely irregular mosaics of art-pop and dub-fractured, minimalist funk bubble with a more elusive, wordless quality in Deal; the L.A.-based artist’s perfectly curious 3rd album with local label Time No Place.
Succinctly abstract and playfully suggestive, Deal finds Fay articulating a more refined, clipped vocabulary in eleven simmering, wordless poems that feel something like a somnolent antithesis to the anxious choral arrangements of Visionist, or even like Katie Gately and Shackleton writing Korean classical court music.
By stripping her vocal arrangements of literal meaning she makes a clean sidestep from the popwise elements of her previous records to something more akin to chamber music, but the melodies are still alluringly inventive and cute, even, now duetting with equally off-kilter synth daubs and crisply punctuated by her patented, spare and pensile syncopation, rending a moire of rhythms that transcend modern dancehall, dembow, hip hop and other integers.
Anyone would be hard pushed to slot Deal into any box other than its own. Comparisons are easy enough to make but they’re only analogies, and Fay’s sensitivity to nuance and finely graded, ambiguous emotions places her and it into most rarified styles.