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Well everyone, this is it. Six months ago we joined the entire music industry on its' annual journey down in Austin Texas for SXSW's annual, beer and BBQ-fueled festivities, hosting some of the most amazing acts we've ever had the opportunity to assemble in one place at one time. We've released a series of amazing shows ever since (Bloc Party, The Heavy, HAELOS, Givers, etc), and today marks a finale of sorts: the final piece of our Texas-sized programming. Cue the balloon drop! No? OK. Confetti cannon? Also no? OK. Fine. Let's just get to the amazing audio visuals then.

Lena Fayre has been a lot of folk's musical secret for a while. At only 19 years old, the Californian artist is already quite accomplished in this nightmare industry of ours, having spent the last three years releasing a series of stunning EPs, albums, and drop dead gorgeous music videos. All independently, mind you.

When she took over The Bounce House earlier this Spring, she was cloaked in a dense haze, stepping in and out of pools of light as she prowled the stage. It was a fitting environment for her art. Fayre's songs like her recently released single, "Cry" are painted in shadowy colors of black, grey, and blood red. They are downtempo and moody compositions. She's an impressive vocalist as well, channeling something with rich and chalky qualities defining her vocal melodies. Minimalist beats and ice cold synths orbit elegantly around her. Fayre's music could be described as dark and menacing, if not for the fact that it's actually extremely poppy and addictive. Those polarities make for a wonderful listen. So get in on the secret all your friends already know about and check out Lena Fayre's performance at The Baeble Bounce House.

Transcript

I can see you watching me I run to the dark
You were something toxic and I knew from the start
Maybe that's a way of the head and the heart,
We all want something better but we said at the start
Maybe you're right, maybe you aren't But I won't give it up if I can't have
what I want What I want to know is where does it go
Your words were something toxic and I'll end up alone
It's my heart surrounded my heart surrounded
It's lonely since the show my heart surrounded
I know what this room is my heart surrounded
I give up and go with you
My heart's a liar saying all that it shows
Makes me hide out in the safety of the prison I know
The fear comes and grows until I am old
It makes me something toxic and I'll end up alone
It's my heart surrounded I can't keep going
My heart surrounded It's lonely since the show
my heart surrounded I know what this room is
my heart surrounded Try you out and always know
You're alone you're alone you're alone, you're alone you're alone
Coerce me into romance
Coerce me into romance Watching me go back and forth
While watching me go back and forth You and no one, no one else
My heart surrounded I can't keep going
My heart surrounded It's lonely since the show
My heart surrounded I know what this room is
My heart surrounded Try you out and no one knows
You're alone you're alone you're alone, you're alone you're alone you're alone
You're alone you're alone you're alone, you're alone you're alone you're alone
It's you and no one, no one else It's you and no one, no one else
Hey
I thought I lost my body, I thought I lost my soul,
I thought I'd given everything that I had ever grown,
I gave you all my hours, I gave you all my time,
But it's not love if you can't even say that
You're mine, you're mine.
Are you mine, hey hey hey?
To bite my tongue I got to show my teeth,
In truth, I dare for you to go to sleep
Sleep talk of our barren love.
So I'll cry if I wanna cry If I'm gonna cry
If I wanna, if I'm gonna, if I have to cry Cry if I wanna cry
If I'm gonna cry If I wanna, if I'm gonna, if I have to cry
Waking every morning like you know it's your last one,
You could never give me what I want, what I want I know, oh.
You pulled me into orbit 'till I circled as your moon,
But this always happens when I give too much too soon,
You're pieces of your father, only soft and smaller,
There'll never be a time when I'm gonna call you mine.
you're mine, you're mine.
hey hey hey?
To bite my tongue I got to show my teeth,
In truth, I dare for you to go to sleep Hey
Sleep talk of our barren love
So I'll cry if I wanna cry If I'm gonna cry
If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry Cry if I wanna cry
I'm gonna cry If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry
Waking every morning like you know it's your last one,
You could never give me what I want, what I want I know, oh.
So I'll cry if I wanna cry if I'm gonna cry
If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry Cry if I wanna cry
If I'm gonna cry If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry
Waking every morning like you know it's your last one,
You could never give me what I want oh.
So I'll cry if I wanna cry If I'm gonna cry
If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry Cry if I wanna cry
I'm gonna cry If I wanna, I'm gonna, if I have to cry
- Thanks.
My name is Lena Fayre I'm from Los Angeles.
Very happy to be here, thank you so much for having us.
Everything is all so new
I'll be waking up from you I've been sipping all of these Icees
Now this is my home I've become so cold
I'm brekaing up
Your love can't even touch me Your love can't hurt
This is what you have to do
To draw them close to you Love doesn't factor in crises
Now this is my home I'm a livin sin, no waking up
Your love can't even touch me Your love your love
Don't make it out to be real
When I'm walking out Your love can't even touch me
Your love your love Your love can't even touch me
Your love your love Your love your love your love your love
Ah ah ah ah ah
- Thank you.
I've connected to a place inside my memories
Small tiles are within my air They shine more every day
I might have it before but nervous since I met you
But I can't wait for you to make up your mind
Because I go back to watch you leave me behind
You stole me, they untold me
Forever fled away you own me And now it's all for me
whatever makes you stay I'd believe you
I would invent the proof
But I can't wait for you to make up your mind
And now come back to what you leave me behind
And that's fine
But I can't wait for you to make up your mind
And now come back to watch you leave me behind
And that's fine It's fine
Oh I told you it's fine
It's I told you it's fine
I told you it's fine
I told you it's fine It's fine it's fine it's fine
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
My God walks by on boulevards at night Knowing the same fool
I never had the right words like you We walk by to pay our alms
We never said the same thing I never had the right words
So I was ready to drink the wine
I know it's what you wanted But it's not what you're needing
And you could have it all and still not believe
I see it's not my fault How could I compete with
something that has your all Won't you let me right in
don't touch me I know the taste in the smoke
So I would pray to you drink the wine
I knew it's what you wanted But it's not what you're needing
And you could have it all and still not believe
I see it's not my fault but how could I compete with something that has
your all Won't you let me believe.
I knew it's what you wanted But it's not what you're needing
And you could have it all and still not believe it
I see it's not my fault but how could I compete with something that has
your all Won't you let me believe
I, I could leave it all, I'm trying you're never trying
I'm trying, I'm trying to relieve you
- Thanks.
It was Saturday night and it was late When you filled my sound with faith
You should have opened these rainbow bride
Illuminate my mind
Never too late to feel the light
Oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh
In time my loved ones start to choke You want to go when I lose control
Oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
All my words are your canvas I'm waiting for your soul to land on me
Oh, oh
And now we're talking, talking Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
- Give it up for my fantastic band.
Yeah.
Thank you so much.
My name is Lena Fayre, this is the last song we have for you today enjoy the rest of your South By.
What am I gonna do with those words you left
When you left me alone, alone alone
Echoes from afar
La da de dah de dah dah La da de dah de dah
La da de dah de dah dah
With those words you left me alone, alone, alone
Jagged and craving us, still
Serrated edges cut me right to the core
And the darker it gets The more I see them glow
I'll find them and blind them find them and hang them
For its all that's left of you
La da de dah de dah dah La da de dah de dah
La da de dah de dah dah
- Thank you so much.
Thank you so much.

Artist Bio

Rising pop singer Lena Fayre is sixteen years old today, yet her clarion, crystalline voice bears the same beauty and precision that made Lauryn Hill famous at roughly the same age. Her tones are bright, strong, and clean, with a carefully balanced vibrato that denotes the precision and control of a trained opera chanteuse. Her style shows more refinement than common pop music in both writing and performing, making her overall sound accessible to fans of Rihanna and Celine Dion alike. Music industry journalists have agreed that Lena Fayre's music presents pop with a touch of the urban edge, an appropriate phrase the young artist coined herself in describing her music.
This urban edge works as a catalyst for Fayre, distinguishing her from less forceful female performers, while at once infusing her songs with verve and vivacity. Of this she writes, From the beginning, I did not want to do bland pop songs that go in one ear and out the other. She has decried lowbrow, low-impact artistic direction in pop music as totally forgettable, and has demonstrated her capacity and intent to perform pop that is creative and full of her own vibrant, variegated personality.
Closely collaborating with Lena Fayre since her 12th birthday is Kosta Lois, a dizzyingly talented music writer, producer, and pianist from North Hollywood, at whose studio Fayre and Lois record much of their material. Also contributing to her first album is Tony Maserati, audio engineer and mixer whose legendary work has included songs by James Brown, Lady Gaga, and Tupac Shakur among scores of others. Additionally, Fayre's compositions have been realized under the tutelage of veteran writers Jaden Michaels (Carly Rae Jepson's Kiss) and Jenn Decilveo (Cody Simpson's Paradise).
Lena Fayre's debut extended-play album, currently untitled, is due for release in spring of 2013. Promoters and fans should not miss this chance to hear the artist in her original, unique and uncompromising splendor. It is doubtlessly the beginning of a long, colorful career.
-S. McCauley

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