Three years removed from their breakthrough debut, State Of Mind, The Faim have done it yet again with their long-awaited follow-up, Talk Talk. While State Of Mind established the Perth four-piece as an act to watch, Talk Talk feels like a celebration of their songwriting prowess. With the stunning, emotional opener, “madly, badly, fixed” spearheading things with Josh Raven’s soaring vocals sounding better than ever and driving guitar and drums promising for an exciting listen, the ten songs that follow are exciting, catchy and absolutely massive.
If Talk Talk proves anything, it’s just how adaptable The Faim are. Whether it’s with the explosive anthem, “The Hills”, the synth-driven pop track “Life In A Cinema”, the dreamy acoustic track, “The Alchemist” or even “Faith In Me”, which takes a page from early 2000’s Panic! At The Disco with a full string arrangement, the band hit every single mark with ease. These songs deliver lyrically, as well, with “You (and my Addiction)” touching on the feeling of longing when all you want is to talk to someone while “Me Because Of You” is about feeling that you’re a better person when you’re around the one you love, and the uplifting final track, “ERA” finds the band feeling hopeful for the future. Each track on Talk Talk is fueled by love, or the aftermath of it, making for a very emotionally vulnerable yet incredibly relatable release.
Throughout Talk Talk, The Faim dance between genres and sounds in a way that feels effortless. There isn’t a single moment that feels forced or out of place, which gives the band space to not only explore their sound and push boundaries yet again, but also room to write songs that will surely resonate with fans.