Almost July

Almost July Summons Ghosts of the Past on “FADED”

“FADED,” a song about expectation, emotional pain, and memories, is the latest single from New York-based Almost July.

The brainchild of producer, writer, and vocalist Skip Glogan, the other half of Almost July is Derek Broomhead (drums).

Explaining the song’s genesis and maturation process to its present form, Skip told Skope Mag, “‘FADED’ began as a song about life and love in New York City, and wound up a reflection on suddenly losing that life, missing loved ones, and hoping we could all reconnect again. I think we are all missing that sense of freedom and connection we had not that long ago.”

Initial editions of the song were performed in a variety of venues in New York City. When the pandemic struck, disrupting everything, the two artists collaborated on refining and polishing the song while ensconced in their home studios, collaborating via Zoom. As the song transformed, it took on a life of its own.

Reviewing Almost July’s previous releases, including “Young,” “Hometown,” “Down,” “Make Mistakes,” Growing Up,” and “Hearts,” one notes the duo’s evolving nascent sound, blending pop and dance elements, progressing to more electro-pop coloration rife with surfacing filaments of velvety textures and alluring threads of graceful sophistication.

“FADED” opens on low-slung gleaming tones flowing into a lusciously warm melody accented by swirling synths riding a tight, crisp percussive rhythm. Skip’s rich, deluxe tenor infuses the lyrics with sensitive timbres, while glowing harmonies fill the backdrop with lustrous hues.

On the chorus, the harmonics expand, taking on glistening textures, resonant with echoes of nostalgia. The vocals escalate, imbuing the tune with vibrant coloration and swelling washes of luminous coruscations, as Skip, his voice chock-full of poignant passion, ponders the rapid eclipse of time.

With “FADED,” Almost July blends savors of electro-pop and glittering dream-pop into a delicious song rife with shimmering wistfulness.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.