Today Fake Laugh & Tarquin share the first single from their new collaborative project. Meaningless Things, the first cut from an upcoming larger body of work is, according to Fake Laugh, a song that "acknowledges the chaos of the world, but also pauses and looks around at the beauty in it." If 2020 is the height of chaos, two artists from opposing ends of the musical landscape coming together to create a single that is both reassuring and beautiful...feels apt. Both artists have achieved critical acclaim in their respective lanes - Meaningless Things is the first taste of their collaborative prowess.
Fake Laugh says of the single;
"I was staying in a very odd Airbnb in Gothenburg when I started writing this song, I had been playing at a festival there and decided to stay on for the rest of the weekend. It was the first time I’d done a festival without any intoxication, so I was feeling quite refreshed and clear-headed. Gothenburg is really quiet and calm, which I think aided and informed the emergence of the song. Lyrically, the song is about how the human experience is both fleeting and insignificant, but also powerful and profound at the same time."
"When we first started working on this track, I was listening a lot to Cristobal Tapia De Veer’s ‘Utopia’ soundtrack. I think this influence definitely bled through into the song. Kam started with a wholesome and naturalistic vibe on vocal and piano, so I wanted to continue that with the production. The bass is actually a pitched down bongo (animal skin stretched if we want to get graphic) which I sampled from an old percussion record. I wanted to decorate the song with these sorts of natural elements to enhance the intention and feel of the song."
Fake Laugh released his album Dining Alone in March 2020 and followed that up with Waltz a few months later. Dining Alone received widespread acclaim with DIY describing it as "Bursting with colour and playful pop melodies". He's also had extensive radio support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne among others. Having split his time between London and Berlin, since Covid, he has been solely based in London.
Tarquin has been lauded by the likes of Fact,The Wire, DJ Mag & Mixmag. A regular on Rinse FM and NTS, Mary-Anne Hobbs is also a huge admirer. He's known for creating quirky, playful, distinctive productions and experimental electronic styles both with instrumental music and with vocalist collaborations. He made his name in London's underground club scene playing nights such as the legendary Boxed. He has remixed everyone from Mr Mitch to Dirty Projectors