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Monday 24 January 2022

Fyfe & Iskra Strings Relaunch Their Collaboration With Offbeat & Melancholic New Single

Consisting of two singular but equally accomplished talents, the collaboration between Fyfe & Iskra Strings shows how two disparate talents can create something with a strength well beyond the sum of their parts. 

Together they create pop music with a cinematic twist, using songcraft as the foundation for their experimental fusion of electronica and post-classical. 
Both artists are renowned on their own merits: Fyfe for solo releases such as the recent Games EP and his David's Lyre moniker, as well as production for Foxes, Gabrielle Aplin and Mika; Iskra Strings as violinist, composer and string arranger for acclaimed albums by The xx, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens and Caribou.
Fyfe & Iskra Strings now take the first step towards their debut album together as they share the brand new single Interiority. 

It's their first release as a duo after releasing two self-titled EPs in 2018, which were combined in the following year's Extended Play collection.
Interiority brims with the essential traits of both of its creators. Fyfe's lyricism sources the inner beauty found within grand existential questions, while his offbeat production merges his naturalistic voice with intriguingly manipulated sonics. 

Iskra Strings takes the song to a different dimension, as he expertly applies elative strings to maximise the song's melancholic majesty.

Fyfe explains: 

"During a recording session James mentioned that he'd read that most of the elements in our bodies were forged in stars. 

"This impossibly huge truth felt so diametrically opposed to what was one of the most insular moments I had ever experienced - being under national lockdown with a very small child - that the lyrics just flowed out in real time."
Iskra Strings adds: 

"'Interiority' is influenced by cosmology, Douglas Coupland's 90s novel 'Microserfs' and revisiting old science fiction films. 

"The song imagines our finite smallness connecting to an infinite wonder."

Their occasional collaborations expanded early in 2018 after James spent time at Paul's home studio contributing strings for the rapper Baloji. 

After sharing new ideas after the session, Fyfe & Iskra Strings soon became a reality.
Fyfe says: 

"Having spent the last few years making records alone, working with James helped to open my eyes to the power of collaboration. 

"Reacting in real-time to someone else's approach to harmony, melody and structure meant there was a real momentum when developing ideas together and a definite release from self-consciousness."
Expect more new music from the pair to be unveiled soon.

by: Mike Cobley


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