Dining Alone: Signed Exclusive Gatefold Orange Vinyl
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- Release Date 13 March 2020
- In Stock
- Vinyl LP
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Fake Laugh first emerged in 2013 as a side-project to Khan’s main band at the time, eventually becoming his primary focus of creativity. Fake Laugh’s self-titled debut full-length arrived in 2017 as the delicate accumulation of years of experimentation. The album is a vivid rummage through the worlds of love, confusion and self-questioning.
On 'Dining Alone' Khan take a bolder, more adventurous approach to assembling an album. Liberated by the absence of a strict tracklist, recording sessions with producer, Louis Milburn, took on a more improvised feel and allowed the pair to stretch out the Fake Laugh sound. The fruits of this process are clear, with the melancholic serenity of interludes ‘Plätze’ and title track, ‘Dining Alone’, blending seamlessly with the carefree jangle powerpop of ‘If You Don’t Wanna Know’ and the languid armchair groove of ‘Exotic Bird’.
The album draws from a pool of songs written between 2015 and 2018, whilst Khan split his time between London and Berlin. These tracks exhibit the varied array of writing styles he has accumulated through collaboration and his diverse musical interests. But, Dining Alone doesn’t lose sight of the melodic pop sensibilities that run throughout Fake Laugh’s back catalogue, instead pushing them in rich new directions.
The dual existence of having two hometowns is reflected on the record, with the atmospheres of the fast-paced London and the more leisurely Berlin allowed to play off one another and permeate the music in equal measure. This mood is encapsulated best on ‘The Empty Party’ which imagines a party scene with no guests. Khan notes how, “One of the primary aims of a party is for the guests to achieve a sense of freedom through a joyous union. Sometimes though, it’s in our moments of solitude that we feel the most liberated.” The album’s title raises a similar notion, with Khan observing that, “The act of dining alone is either awkward and embarrassing or honourable and enjoyable, depending on who you ask.” It is this sense of duality that runs throughout the album, connecting the beautiful assortment of idiosyncratic pop songs that Khan has assembled on Dining Alone.