With Chains, Melbourne's Fractures seems to be Australia's next global break-out
On his latest release via The FADER's label imprint, the Melbourne producer teams up with a remarkably successful vocalist in ROZES.
If you're yet to be introduced to Melbourne-based producer Fractures, allow us to quickly get you up to speed. He's been a rising force amongst the local electronica world for a while now, whether it's in the centre spotlight - he put out his debut album, Still Here, back in 2017 amongst performances at Splendour In The Grass and more - or behind-the-scenes, working as a part of Emma Louise's touring band and working with names varying from Katz and Yeo to Lane 8 and Airling.
Now, however, after spending years refining his craft and growing into something special at home, he's branching out - and becoming quite the international export as he goes. As it seems, Fractures is the next musician to join a long line of Australians to branch out into international waters, with his last EP for example - Reset, arriving earlier this year - seeing him join US mega-tastemaker The FADER and their label imprint FADER Label, distributed through Australia via Universal Music arm Caroline Australia.
His latest single Chains sees him double-down on this rising feat, teaming up with Pennsylvania popstar-on-the-rise ROZES as he taps into one of pop music's greatest newcoming collaborators. She worked with The Chainsmokers on their chart-topping, year-defining hit Roses and has since worked with everyone from Big Gigantic and Galantis to Sam Feldt and Just A Gent, with Fractures being the next name to take her on board and with it, blossom into a new force defining our electronic scene abroad.
Chains, on the surface, has everything needed to become a big, multi-continent break-out moment for Fractures. It reduces his electronic subtleties to just a shading, emphasising the pop mannerisms that have floated amongst his past work as he takes a dive into the deep end of swirling, electronic-tinged pop, with ROZES aiding perfectly in bringing this to life. "Pop music influences a lot of my decisions no matter what music I write especially in my melodies," says the Melbourne musician on the track. "My collaboration with ROZES on Chains really exemplifies this. There’s a power in her voice that’s undeniable and in my case, inimitable, and the combination of the two of us adds a dimension to my music that I haven’t explored enough."
It's a step into a bold new territory for Fractures, that as he starts to grapple with the tinges of international fame (as it stands, his most-listened locations on Spotify see his home city joined by Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), arrives with perfect timing. Dive into the track below, and keep an eye on Fractures as he continues to explore the depths of electronica with what's incoming next:
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