George FitzGerald has already made a name for himself as a DJ, producer and label head (he helms ManMakeMusic) but he’s finally releasing his own debut album of this spring. It’s called Fading Love, and you can slot it right next to the kind of cerebral, intimate electronic music of Caribou and Jon Hopkins. Although he was born in Britain, FitzGerald lives and works mostly out of Berlin now, and that’s where the inspiration for lead single “Full Circle” struck him:
A cherished, old newspaper clipping of footballer Eric Cantona with the headline ‘Cantona Comes Full Circle’, which adorned the wall, providing the unexpected flash of inspiration for a song about the unfulfilled promise of stagnant relationships.
Even in the age of computer screens and iPhones, I love that a newspaper clipping inspired this bit of minimalistic house. Boxed In’s Oli Bayston vocalizes the plot for yet another doomed love story: “You’re always starting the fights / Endless days, endless nights.” Been there. But the song’s melancholy longing barely needs Bayston to spell it out for us. This is sleepy-eyed romantic doomsday music at its finest, when the anger fades and you’re left with the heavy, peaceful resignation of loneliness. Listen below.
Fading Love tracklist:
01 “About Time”
02 “Full Circle”
03 “Knife To The Heart”
04 “Call It Love (If You Want To)”
05 “Beginning At The End”
07 “Your Two Faces”
10 “The Waiting”
And FitzGerald just started a string of US tour dates:
02/26 Montreal, CA @ Stereobar
02/27 Miami, FL @ Trade
02/28 Chicago, IL @ Spybar
03/05 Boston, MA @ Middlesex Lounge
03/06 Washington, DC @ U Hall
03/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten
Fading Love will be out 4/28 via Double Six/Domino.