CURRENT: Stay Bless feat. Dev Hynes & Samantha Urbani – “Faded”

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George Cassavetes’ music as Stay Bless is rooted in a sort of life-affirming melancholia. His Faded EP, released earlier this year via 37 Adventures, is highlighted by it’s title track, a stunning collaboration with real-life couple Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani. Those two, as you might recall, collaborated on the brilliant Friends’ single “The Way” (2013), and where that song succeeded due to Urbani’s show-stopping vocals, “Faded” is a glowing success due to all three artists’ ability to cohabit the same sonic space without stepping on each others’ toes.

In an interview with Dazed Digital, Cassavetes explained the song was first inspired by a failed relationship of his. After spending some time away from the track, he returned to it wanting to brighten its tones. He gathered his friends Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani, whose own real-life courtship was the spark the song needed. “It took the decay of one relationship to start writing ‘Faded’ and then the energy of love in its youth to finish it,” Cassavetes told Dazed Digital. It’s a theme many artists have attempted to cover, but few have taken it on with the delicacy and honesty that Cassevetes does here.

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