Los Angeles based singer, guitarist, and songwriter Imaad Wasif is caught in a dream with romantic flare in the music video for his new single “Fader”. As the second single for his upcoming studio album So Long Mr. Fear, it gives us a look at its sweeping cinematic scope.
As we open on the legs of a couple slow dancing beneath dim lights and glimmers from a disco ball, we eventually come to land on an intimate view of Wasif singing this gentle, yearning ballad. The tilaka painted on his acts as a cultural reminder of his “personal secular spiritual beliefs.” He notes that, “The mark is worn as a direct confrontation of a philosophically diametric upbringing: my mother, Hindu, and my father, Muslim.”
As the gentle piano chords waltz and swing in three-quarter time, it is easy to find yourself swaying along. Vulnerability is on full display as we modulate between lonesome shots of Wasif playing his grand piano against the intimacy of the couple on the dance floor; something he clearly yearns for, but perhaps hasn’t found for himself yet. It’s a ballad filled simultaneously with hope and sadness that culminates in a hopeless romanticism that leaves you spellbound.
“Fader” by Imaad Wasif and So Long Mr. Fear are available on major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp. The accompanying music video for “Fader” is also available now on YouTube. Find this and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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