Perth pop-rockers The Faim have returned with an energised new single titled ‘The Hills’, a cathartic ode to nostalgia and self-liberation.
The song melds bold, stadium-ready vocal runs with brisk pop melodies and ultra-crisp production. The sonic palette fits perfectly with Josh Raven’s lyrical sentiments, as the soaring instrumental lays the groundwork for the frontman’s triumphant delivery.
Have a listen to ‘The Hills’ below:
In a press release, guitarist and songwriter Sam Tye explained that ‘The Hills’ tackles themes of “anxiety and the desire to go back to that place where you can reconnect with yourself and take a breath”.
Tye cited the hill-studded landscapes of Perth as such a place for himself and Raven, noting that “after two years of being on the road, coming home gave us a moment to reflect on the sometimes-overwhelming experiences you have whilst touring”.
A music video for ‘The Hills’ will be released early tomorrow morning (January 29), with the press release teasing that it “touches on the song’s sentiment, paying homage to the band’s beloved homeland” with “gorgeously golden shots of the band performing the song” as well as “picturesque footage of the Perth landscape”.
According to Tye, who conceptualised the video himself, it “involves a stylistic representation of life inside the band”. He continued: “The driving connects to life on the road and experiencing the world through a moving window as [The Faim] travel to their next destination.
“In certain moments we see live performance represented and in others we see snapshots of personal creativity, drawing back the curtains of life in a band and its perpetual motion.”
‘The Hills’ marks the second track to be shared from The Faim’s upcoming second album, following ‘Ease My Mind’ – the group’s first new material in over two years – last November. Though formally unannounced, the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2019’s ‘State Of Mind’ is expected for release sometime in 2022.
Also set to land in the coming weeks is the announcement of a headline tour for the UK and Europe. It’ll tie in the band’s performances at this year’s Download, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Rock For People festivals.