Today FABLE released his first EP ‘A Place Called Home’. It is an incredible an honest piece of work. You may not have heard of Fable but he has been on the scene for a while now and has performed recently at 95bfm’s Fancy New Band which you can view here.
Check out all the info on the new EP, direct from FABLE himself, below:
A Place Called Home is a concept that was created with a few of my friends that I grew up with, and are pretty much brothers to me. The whole purpose of the concept and this EP was to reflect a reality of ‘Home’ that portrays what our young Māori and Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand experience.
This debut project is very personal to me and something that’s been in the works since the start of last year. With everything going on at the moment it’s been pretty hard to let go off this project and share it with the world. But I thought if this could help someone get through difficult times like it helps me get through them then I have to share it.
There are some amazing producers on the Project, 2047k, Enāvy, Akshay Raju and Silas Futura who also features. They’re all some of my best mates and I’m grateful for all the mahi they did to make the project what it is.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.
298 represents Papakura, a small town in South Auckland. Not only does it represent the area code of where
FABLE grew up, but the song also reflects how the community and people you’re brought up with can shape
how you see the world.
The song Money is about the daily 9 – 5 grind and repetitive nature of working-class New Zealand, working to
live, living to work, and talks on the importance of family for young Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand.
It’s an anthem for anyone who is slaving away just to put bread on the table for their family.
“I was taught to work hard and give back. Family means the world to me, and my whanau taught me that
when I was young. My mum, dad, aunties and uncles, they all worked hard to provide for us and they’re still
working. This song is dedicated to them, much like the whole EP”.
Proud Boy is about making my whanau proud. The track reflects on how far I’ve come within the past two
years. It touches on the struggles and the stressful times, but also the really beautiful times and memories we
hold onto to get through the tough times.
In The Car
In The car is a song about my cousin who was going through a bit of trouble at the time, and was a bit lost with
what he wanted to do in life. All my family are really close and we hadn’t seen or heard from him for like three
or four months, this song was a way I dealt with the worry and uncertainty.
Rose Gold is about the struggle of materialism. I feel like sometimes we buy things that we don’t need to try
attain something we only see in the movies. I think it’s a constant battle and it can really hamstring people and
communities, especially their perceptions of themselves in society. For me this song is about reminding myself
to appreciate what have, instead of stressing over the things that I don’t.
The song is about love and being loved. The big ambience and dreamy production help push the narrative that
love is something you can’t quantify or define so easily, it’s something you feel. The song wraps-up the project
by reassuring the listener that everything is going to be kei te pai.