Fassine’s new track “Max,” out March 27 on their latest record, Forge, through Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records, can be streamed with us first.
A gripping tribute to the unassuming heroes on the fringes of society, the new collection is bolder than ever, elevating the London trio’s distinctive take on electronic music with heavier, more aggressive instrumentation.
The band continues their tradition of covering obscure tracks, this time choosing Italian jazz singer Paolo Conte’s “Max.” Conte, an Italian legend whom the U.K.’s Guardian once described as a “Maestro of a lost elegance” has been a part of the country’s DNA for over 45 years.
Aggressive and commanding, the band have reimagined the largely instrumental original with their uniquely cinematic and bombastic approach. Fabrizio Pagni of Arqtic offers his authentic, Italian vocals to the track and performs the piano solo at the end.
“We were in the studio late one night and were debating about how to record the small section of Italian in the song,” says Sarah Palmer. “Not being Italian, we were concerned that our English accents would destroy the song. We wandered down to grab a coffee, and Stefano and Fabrizio of Arqtic just happened to be there. We couldn’t believe our luck and asked them if they would do the vocal. Initially, they were a bit skeptical owing to the fact that the song was so strange and niche, but they ended up not only doing the vocal part but also contributing musically to the song. One of those serendipitous moments that worked big-time.”