Skipfiction is happy to bring you its first monthly mix, curated by up and coming Grand Rapids music project FADE. FADE is the latest music project from local musician Marley Ferguson. You might know Ferguson from her involvement in other local music projects like Parts, AUR, Hi-Ker, and Terrible Lovelies. The difference between those projects and her most recent one is that FADE is solely her own creation. “ Everything you will hear from Fade is something that I imagined and crafted,” she says, “ So that makes this specific project feel extra close to me.”
For this mix, Marley picked the songs that have been especially influential when writing for her latest project. Many of the songs here are catchy, danceable, and atmospheric, like The Cure’s ‘The Perfect Girl.’ “The Cure taught me that dancy pop music can be dark and emotional,” she says. Often, her selections are the ones that taught her important lessons about writing music. About Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’ she tells me “Depeche Mode taught me that sometimes less is more. It’s not about adding as many layers as you humanly can, but rather adding…the right layers.” The mix also highlights how important female artists have been to Marley’s artistic development. “All Wrong and the Plans Change” taught me to value myself as a female musician,” she explains.
Marley speaks passionately about her recently revealed project. “Fade is the product of everything I’ve done and learned thus far,” she says vividly. The sound of the project is not all that different from the mix she curated. It’s “dancy, minimal, pop, dark tendencies, mostly electronic, dynamic. It’s difficult because I’m not really trying to contain it… right now. I want to give it room to grow alongside me over time.” While she isn’t ready to debut recorded music just yet, she does has big plans for the future, including a May 12th show opening for Spaceface. “You can be on the lookout for a single and a video soon,” she also tells me.
Check out Marley’s mix below.