Faded Paper Figures (Heather Alden, R. John Williams and Kael Alden) are gearing up to release their fifth full-length studio album, Kairos. Today, the band is excited to debut the first single, “Bones,” from the collection. “Bones” glides on shimmering synths towards fits of falsetto as it kickflips back to the field recordings of skateboards scraping concrete. CLICK HERE to listen and HERE to read the first look from Variance Magazine.
“Bones’ is a song about the history and culture of skateboarding,” says R. John Williams. “We started writing it with just the image of a drained pool – something sad and trashy – made strange and wonderful by skateboarding … a dead space suddenly coming alive! They take things specifically made to ensure safety – a hand railing or a concrete barrier – and then turn them into objects of risk and dangers. Add to that the aerial grace and incredible coolness of skating, and you’ve created something like a realm of the gods for teenage frustration.”
“This song is really nostalgic,” adds Kael Alden. “It’s a throwback homage to the golden age of skating and our childhoods.”
The trio stamps life’s ebbs and flows onto a soundtrack of lush alternative, cinematic electronic and unassuming pop, and the new music finds the band exploring uncharted territory as they widen their soundscape and draw on an arsenal of vintage synths and “strange little machines Kael finds on eBay,” says John.