American Dreams

by Novelty Daughter

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Creating novelty—“something new, not previously experienced, unusual, or unfamiliar”—is nothing new for Faith Harding, aka Novelty Daughter, an integral member of the Stereocure family since day one. Her new self-produced single “American Dreams” arrives as new direction in her multi-faceted musical career, which has included formal piano training, folk songwriting, and singing in many different contexts from jazz and a capella to recent forays into modern pop experiments (e.g. Kuh-Lida’s “So Sweet”). Faith’s debut recording as a self-producing artist is simple and melodic yet filled with enfolded subtleties, reflective and personal while making a plea to the listener’s understanding. Twirling with an intimate jazz vocal style through a beautifully synthesized electronic backdrop, she considers what it means to encounter the mundanity of an approaching real life: “Everybody asks where my money’s supposed to go / I say I don’t know and fall asleep right on the floor / This was not the way that life was supposed to go.” The swaying curvature of the sound and words together is like a long, heaving sigh; not an especially painful one, but more like the deep breath you take before filling out tax forms or mopping the kitchen floor that gives you a little melancholy moment of self—a brief, private inhalation of meaning and assurance that you’re still there. Pendulating synth lines mingle with the low, pumping bass and crisp percussion, undulating like a slow respiration over and under the surface of the lyrics and repeating chord changes. We invite you to experience something unfamiliar in this music, the first of many new things to come from Novelty Daughter.

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released February 5, 2013
Cover photo by Calhoun Hickox

Produced by Novelty Daughter
Additional mixing by Adam Hirsch

Thank you to Adam Hirsch, Cal Hickox, Jordan Alper, and everyone in the Stereocure community for always reminding me that this is what I want to be doing.

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