Fable kicks off her 2021 with brand new single ‘Orbiting’, out today via Naim Records. This latest offering, which premiered on Chris Hawkins’ BBC 6 Music show yesterday, continues the Brighton-based singer-songwriter’s much anticipated return and sets the tone for her forthcoming debut album, due later this year.
A hauntingly stark, yet hopeful track that blends elements of trip hop and neo soul, ‘Orbiting’ laments the outward disconnection and isolation of our modern society; Fable’s exquisite vocals sliding over a traipsing beat and eerily beautiful soundscape.
“Orbiting is quite literally and metaphorically, an observation of the earth from far away. It takes a great big step back and sees that everything is intertwined on this little marble hurtling through infinite space. In a world that’s more connected than ever digitally, I can’t help but feel we have been segregated in every other sense.
Aside from the obvious isolation the pandemic has brought us, I wanted to highlight the breaking down of our communities, the ever polarizing and distilling bubbles of opinion thanks to the algorithm, and our society’s alienation from any kind of humane purpose. It’s very much open to interpretation but I hope it resonates on many levels, and leads with a message of love and unity,” Fable explains.
Having built up a reputation as one of the UK’s most promising new artists, being lauded by the likes of The Guardian, Mixmag, Q and Rolling Stone, collaborating with Orbital and playing at Glastonbury, the tragic loss of a close friend and resultant burnout and depression led to Fable taking time out from her music career in 2016 to protect her mental health. Four years later, and now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, Fable is relaunching her sound to the world, with previous single ‘Thirsty’ unveiled in October. 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.