Interactive Family Radio
In a city where rain and caffeine dominate the culture The Fading Collection has emerged as one of Seattle's hottest trip-hop artists. With a sound that fluctuates between the disguised truth of unexpressed emotion, acute pain and the everlasting hope of the human spirit, these songs resonate with something that is not easily described. Along with some serious airplay on taste making terrestrial/internet Seattle radio station KEXP, a nomination for best electronic artist in town from the Seattle Weekly, and regular gigs at trendy night spots like Seattle's Tost and Portland's Club Ohm, The Fading Collection has won fans around the world with their dark beats, angelic vocals and groundbreaking digital manipulation. After meeting in college, singer Sarah McCulloch and bassist/programmer Matt Frickleton joined forces in the band Shiver before ditching the acoustic guitars for a rack of synthesizers and a pile of Massive, Portishead and DJ Shadow albums. After pushing through a series of drummers the pair finally found the perfect fit in Jeremy Hill. Before long, the group's debut release, Interactive Family Radio, busted onto the scene and sparked a trip-hop renaissance in the Northwest. The Fading Collection soon found enthusiastic fans around the block and around the globe with tens of thousands of tracks downloaded on MP3.com, music placed in the indie films Pyrosutra and Feeding the Hawk, placements on MTV's The Real World, and a full schedule of shows in the Northwest. While The Fading Collection log studio hours for their upcoming double disc set-half uptempo, half chillout-the group enlisted some top Seattle talent to remix songs from their debut release. That remix album, Stems, features fourteen tracks of TFC music reinterpreted by some of Seattle's finest artists and producers including Electron Love Theory, Emma's Mini, and Beehive. As forward thinkers in the worlds of music and technology The Fading Collection is selling their music online with a new music distribution system called Weed files (www.weedshare.com). The trio also helps organize a local community-driven group called Electrocandy to encourage and promote the electronic music scene in the Northwest. REVIEWS: 'Sarah McCulloch's vocals interject and stabilize the mood that the sounds of Matt Frickelton have sparked. This duo has worked on a number of projects together in the past, but their partnership has never felt more dead on than when comprised to form The Fading Collection.' -Jeff Rush, Tablet, Seattle 'The debut album from this Seattle duo is an excellent effort blending loops, synths, and beautiful vocals into a very nice downtempo trip hop experience... very good to get some local trip hop at this level of quality.' -John Richards, Program Director, KEXP 90.3pm.