Brighton-based singer-songwriter Fable makes her much anticipated return with new single ‘Thirsty’, out today via Naim Records. Having built a reputation as one of the UK’s most intriguing musical prospects, with widespread acclaim for her bold and atmospheric sonics and captivating live presence, Fable vanished from view in 2016 after personal tragedy, with the resulting grief snuffing out her creativity. Now reconnected with her artistic muse, Fable returns fully formed and ready to reclaim the spotlight with her first new music in four years.
‘Thirsty’ is an attention-grabbing, fire-breathing barnstormer that fuses other worldly tones and ethereal vocals with slamming rock urgency, showing us just what we’ve been missing these past four years. The accompanying video highlights Fable’s striking physicality, juxtaposing images of nature with mental destruction to show our simultaneous connection to, and disconnection from, the world around us.
“Thirsty is about taking the beauty of life for granted. How over time we write off profound stuff as mundane because it’s a constant; the sky’s always there, but it’s weird and beautiful that we even exist under it. It’s playful at heart but it’s about my realised depression and learning how to reset my perspective through mindfulness,” she explains.
Born and raised as Holly Cosgrove in Devon, she moved to Brighton in her late teens, reinventing herself as the dark electro-rock entity Fable. An EP created in collaboration with trip-hop/post-rock outfit Archive and live shows at The Great Escape Festival and supporting alt-rock legends The Cult at Brixton Academy highlighted her powerful, portentous voice and immediately seized the attention, with plaudits coming from the likes of The Guardian, Q, Mixmag, The Line of Best Fit and Rolling Stone. The buzz around Fable was building to a rumble of breaking thunder. But, for reasons tainted with tragedy, the expected lightning-flash crescendo never came.
In early 2016 Holly lost a close friend, with whom she had previously been romantically involved, to suicide. As an artist, Fable’s voice was stilled by the trauma, she took herself out of Brighton, out of music, and the career which began with such stellar promise suddenly unbegan. Four years later, and now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, Fable is ready to relaunch. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of the award-winning premium audio brand, she has recorded a debut album of genre-fluid, searingly honest and darkly beautiful music that spans from urgent post punk to introspective electronica, whilst posing questions that are both timely and personal, yet timeless.
It’s all here. Fable is rising above the horizon once again. This time, the stars are aligned.