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Hook & Reel: Tinashe slays with new single ‘Faded Love’

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We’ve spent years waiting in anticipation as Tinashe has navigated through a myriad different sounds, all supposedly leading up to the eternally-delayed release of her wildly-hyped sophomore record Joyride, but it sounds like the album is finally coming together fabulously. Throttling back the frothy, sugary synth-pop that dominated her first few promo singles like “Player” and “SuperLove,” she’s slowly but surely allowed the simmering slow-burn R&B that made her such a sensation creep back into her catalog, adding a glittery modern twist that keeps this new music fresh yet genuine. We first heard (and saw) it in the Offest-assisted “No Drama,” Tinashe serving some A++ choreography across the video as she coolly brushed off the histrionics and haters above a clicking, bass-heavy beat.

The second taste of the newly-revamped record comes in the form of “Faded Love,” a Stargate-produced subtle-banger that finds the starlet in her prime. A neon-lit synth pulsates quietly, wandering in and out of focus above the barely discernable, deliberately understated percussion. Tinashe’s vocal work is breathy, lonely, slightly dazed, just barely holding back a lovelorn ache. She’s singing of a one night stand but there’s a whisper of something more, like when you step into the early morning air after a sweaty night at the club, hand in hand with a stranger and wishing this could be more than just a weekend encounter, but knowing it won’t.

Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold

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Chris Will

A DMV resident and aspiring pop music pro, Chris spends most of his free time playing rugby for the LGBTQIA rugby team the Washington Scandals and day dreaming of everyone Lorde could (and should) collaborate with.

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