Release Date: May 24, 2019
Record label: Secretly Canadian
The Atlanta native's second album, encompassing slinky R&B and tender folk-pop, is sweeter than an iced tea on a sweltering afternoon Faye Webster reckons she should get out more. She tells us so in those exact words on the opening song 'Room Temperature', on her new album 'Atlanta Millionaires Club'. "I was sitting here last year, the same time ago / Still wearing the same thing, these aren’t even my clothes," the Georgia native croons, staying put with her home comforts as she whispers the song title repeatedly as the song phases out.
Few R&B albums have a pedal steel; few alt-country albums have a rap feature. Faye Webster's Atlanta Millionaires Club somehow has all of the above. Even stranger, she manages to smooth these apparent contradictions into serene folk-pop with a mellow soul tinge. A musician and photographer known for monochromatic, winkingly humorous portraits of Atlanta hip-hop figures, Webster is releasing her third album at just 21 years old.
Since she released her straight-up country debut album Run And Tell back in 2013 (aged just 16), Webster has been moving towards a more contemporary and mainstream sound, and her third full-length, Atlanta Millionaires Club, is just short of a complete departure from her beginnings as a country artist. While her sound and style may have developed radically in the years since her debut, you can still hear hints of Webster's country roots throughout Atlanta Millionaires Club, with its jangley guitars, warm keys and, most noticeably, it's heavy use of pedal steel. Although her latest effort is predominantly an indie record, it is by no means a typical one, featuring luscious instrumentals as well as idiosyncratic pepperings of jazz and hip-hop.
I t's an accidentally perfect moment for Faye Webster's Georgia peach of a third album. Just weeks after Lil Nas X's roots'n'rap chart-topper Old Town Road sparked a debate in the US music press about what country music could be, Atlanta Millionaires Club nails the perfect balance of the singer-songwriter's sleepy, intimate balladry with the rich musical history of her home city. Come to Atlanta is a musical tourist board ad, with bright soul horns and shuffling hip-hop rhythms; Pigeon confides anxious thoughts through funky R&B harmonies with sweetly keening slide guitar, and Kingston luxuriates between dreamy R&B and sunkissed soft rock.
Faye Webster's music unfolds like a dream - things make a sort of oblique sense, but ordinary things are presented in a new order, both startling and unsettling. New album 'Atlanta Millionaires Club' - her third to date - typifies this approach; a kind of somnambulist R&B meets bleached out Americana fusion, it presents a hyper-personal lyrical flair with lashings of pedal steel guitar. It's both beautiful and heartbreaking.