It’s said that people ultimately find a home where they feel understood amongst loved ones. ‘Where,’ specifically, is not important. The place can be anywhere in the world, if a deep feeling of understanding and acceptance is found there.
In their new single, ‘Places,’ duo FYE & FENNEK convey a desire for this;
When I came when I came into your place
There was something that made me want to say
Amaze me there’s nothing left inside
Fye’s emotional narratives are delivered by unabashed, textured vocals and layered by Fennek’s vivid, deliberate instrumentals. The topic of home or more importantly, coming to a “place” where one finds acceptance is told in the duo’s new video for the single through a view on one young woman’s path as she finds this for herself.
The video takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam, and follows a main character that is caught between two worlds; a world where her parents strictly enforce traditional values and the world she has broken into through social media, magazines, and popular western culture. She begins to dream about how her life might take shape without the traditional chains that keep her feeling invisible, and realizes that pursuing this will require her to leave her family. Perhaps most of all, she’s drawn to leave because she has discovered that she’s attracted to other women, and that this would never be tolerated by her parents.
The girl fights this conflict internally. She goes regularly to a boxing studio where she can with free rein let out her anger. She would not have believed it herself but out of this release of anger comes a breaking down of the shame for her secret desire: through boxing, she draws from within a new sense of self-confidence. She becomes aware that she must now go her own way. With the strength of this decision behind her, happenstance intervenes to guide her path. After a fight with her father that she flees, she allows herself to pursue the other young woman from her boxing studio and the two fall deeply in love. They find themselves free to love, laugh, dance and explore the world
The video explains a generational conflict in Vietnam between young-adults and their parents, who find themselves drifting steadily apart in the midst of cultural and social upheavals: The parent’s generation is still bound to the traditional values of an Asian-socialist worldview, while the youth is integrated into western ideals with the internet. Beyond pop-culture, the true essence of what is sought is really freedom, flexibility, and acceptance for lifestyle choices.
Growing up far from Hanoi, and far from Asian-socialist values, these are none the less ideals of freedom that drive FYE & FENNEK. They come from a city that at first glance, does not have much to offer. Kassel, Germany, however, has been the starting point of some of Europe’s most creative gems. Perhaps it’s out of a drive to find that special ‘place’, or to together create a home as you would like to have it. Whatever the motivating force, the small German city has been home to many international acts in the last few years, making their way abroad with legendary indie label Lichtdicht Records (now Filter Records), who have overseen the development of artists like Milky Chance and James Hersey and created a nucleus of music and young bands that change the world for themselves and others, creating rousingly beautiful and danceable music heard far beyond their Kassel backyards. This phenomena has developed into a term called the, “Kassel School”- which refers to a community of people who are home with one another, regardless of where they are in the world.
Their single, ‘Places’ offers a hint of what’s to come with their new album. Fye’s emotional narratives are delivered by unabashed, textured vocals and layered by Fennek’s vivid, deliberate instrumentals. Fans of provocative contemporaries like Sylvan Esso, the Knife, and Angus & Julia Stone find a new voice to connect with. The young musicians find solace in seeking a deeper connection with listeners through FYE’S relatable narratives crooning over FENNEK’S darker, focused beats. ‘Places’ is a single that embodies a feeling, and the phenomena, of this universal searching for home, and acceptance shared by people around the globe.
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