Today’s Song: Faae’s “marsupial” Explores Loss with Poignant, Reflective & Tender Folk

Faae © Sydney McKenna
Faae © Sydney McKenna
An intimate, ambient folk-laden reflection, singer/songwriter Faae’s sophomore single “marsupial” is a poignant and stirring exploration of loss, connection, and yearning.
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An intimate, ambient folk-laden reflection, singer/songwriter Faae’s sophomore single is a poignant and stirring exploration of loss, connection, and yearning. Tender acoustics and gentle, sweet singing shine in “marsupial,” a poetic and introspective serenade delving into heavy subjects with weight, grace, and alluring candor.

marsupial - Faae
marsupial – Faae
Smallest of mammals,
I tuck my tail and ramble
Over the vows I’ll never say
My lies have appointments
The witnesses disjointed
Can you marry lovers – rainy days?
Thought there was a rule about it
In a magazine or something
Don’t you get buried in this suit?

Independently released August 16, 2021, “marsupial” is a strong second effort from indie folk up-and-comer Faae. Based in Orlando and originally from Boston, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter cites artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Joni Mitchell, and Fleetwood Mac as some of her inspirations, and it shows in her first two songs.

Faae © Sydney McKenna
Faae © Sydney McKenna

Following April’s confessional DIY debut single “in another lifetime, loser,” the bittersweet “marsupial” employs an intricate acoustic guitar pattern and the artist’s own soft, exquisite vocals to create a dreamy, emotionally potent experience. Heartfelt feelings of loss and longing resonate with profound strength in the song’s vivid chorus, where sorrow and wonder coalesce in inspiring fashion:

If we’re just bodies curdling by the day
I’m sorry I was bitter after you got to taste
And if we’re just animals howling for an out
I’m reaching for a forest, but I’ll settle for a pouch

“I’m excited to be making music that goes beyond what I want to say as an individual,” Faae tells Atwood Magazine. “‘Marsupial’ is about collective loss, for our relationships, and our environment. The disconnect we’ve built between our humanity and our animalism has driven new barriers between how we exist now and how we could exist if we embrace every facet of ourselves as a species.”

Faae © Sydney McKenna
Faae © Sydney McKenna
I’m brazen and forward,
You’re callous as the dirt
Hear the tundras cutting corners
And real estate’s unsure
But i live in the zoo now
Watching myself get let down
If i’m domestic is this our truce?
Dead stars look up at the sky
Was the fall worth the time?
I’m carving out a space to make it good

Faae’s lyrics tap into the natural world, the animal kingdom, and our own shared humanity. She paints a stark canvas of reality versus possibility, implicating each of us in the process. Beautiful and delicate, “marsupial” provokes us to consider the course of humanity, our relationship(s) with our surroundings, and the bigger picture: Life as a shared, wondrous experience that all beings deserve to enjoy, no matter who or what they are.

As Faae herself says, “this track strikes a balance of soft and firm – just like our planet.”

If we’re just bodies, curdling by the day
I’m sorry I was bitter after you got to taste
And if we’re just animals howling for an out
I’m reaching for a forest but I’ll settle for a pouch
I’ll be ready with a softer place to land
I’ll be ready then…

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