When acclaimed singer-songwriter Fay Wildhagen found herself struggling with arthritis in both of her arms, her unbreakable will to create pushed her forward. She broke free from genre constraints and physical holdbacks to create her new sophomore album Borders. It’s a vulnerable release couched in triumph over tragedy, and it shows a new side of Fay as she assumed production duties and sought out ambience and electronic textures as expressive means. Borders’ leadoff single is “New Again” which, beneath its dreamy musicality, reveals a cathartic moment of rage as being redemptive.
Fay Wildhagen performs at The Lexington in London on Friday 6 September.
Top photo: Johanna Siring