OV Recommends: Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Charlie Faye & The Fayettes are bringing back the 60’s girl group in a fresh and fun new way. That’s not to say that this girl-trio, which is composed of Charlie Faye, BettySoo and Akina Adderley, doesn’t stay true to the classic soul pop sound.

Across the decades, many all-girl groups have tapped into that 60’s inspired “girl group” sound, adding of course, their own modern twist.  These girls, however, true that that upbeat R&B/Motown-spiced ’60s pop from everything to their music down to their retro style.

Faye, wanting to break out of her solo-singer songwriter mold explains, “I wanted to do something more fun — to write upbeat songs and create an entertaining show, because that’s what I want to see… I’ve always loved the girl groups from the ‘60s; that’s the stuff I grew up on. And I’ve always loved singing harmonies with my friends, so it was a natural progression for me to want to do a girl group.”

This Austin-based band recently performed at this year’s SXSW– their well-crafted songs could easily be mistaken for those performed by The Ronettes, The Paris Sisters or The Mermaids. Their rich, radio-ready sound and superb vocal harmonies is sweet, sweet ear candy which will no doubt allow them to rise to the top of a fast growing retro genre. 

Their debut record, which dropped on May 6th, was produced by Dave Way (Macy Gray, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds) so you know it has to be the real deal. Charlie Faye authored or coauthored all of the album’s teen-dream songs, which are concise (most clock in at two-and-a-half to three minutes), well hooked, and loaded with lines about “cruel hearts,” “playing hard to get to get,” “sweet little messages,” and the like.

The first thing I noticed about the album is it’s vintage AM-radio quality which adds a certain warm, poppy 60’s sound. Their song “Sweet Little Messages” is one of my favorites because of it’s a little groovier than the rest. “Heart” also has a certain bubbly quality that contradicts the heartbreak of the lyrics, something I find refreshing.

 

Charlie Faye and the Fayettes are retro revival at it’s finest, managing to bring back the swingin’ and swayin’ sound of the 60’s combined with their own soulfulness.  This band comes to you highly recommended. It’s catchy, bubbly, melodic and a pure joy to take in– a break from where music is going to remember where it came from.