London-based duo Farai have announced new single ‘Punk Champagne’ / ‘This Is England,’ a double slab of warped, alternative pop channeling the bare bones ethos of post-punk, where the pair connect over upbringings dotted between different countries, and a shared heritage in the African diaspora (Farai grew up in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, until she was 11, and TONE’s father is from Guyana).
It precedes a forthcoming debut album for Big Dada out 30th November.
The duo, made up of eponymous vocalist Farai, and producer, artist and musician TONE, met five years ago through a video which TONE discovered of Farai performing with the Shop Floor Sessions collective. They met in Dalston’s Gillett Square and retreated to TONE’s home studio that same day, where they spent all night writing and recording.
‘Punk Champagne’ is characteristic of their stripped back approach, composed of simply drums, vocals and synths, its title a nod to a homemade cocktail TONE mentioned to Farai, made of buckfast and prosecco. ‘This Is England,’ accompanied by a video directed by TONE, explores Farai’s reflections on work and hardship in contemporary Britain. The video is shot on a South London housing estate, a choice which TONE says reflects how “run down council estates crumble in the shadows of multi million (or could be billion) pound private developments.” The music adopts a loose structure, an ominous synth line framing Farai’s addresses to Theresa May.
1. Cray Cray
3. Punk Champagne (feat. TONE)
4. Social Butterflies
6. This Is England
7. National Gangsters
8. Love Disease
9. Secret Gardens
10. Space Is A Place (feat. Chris Calderwood)
11. Radiant Child