Bassnectar and Sayr release debut Naux Faux album

It’s been more than a year since Bassnectar revealed that he and longtime friend and collaborator Sayr would be joining forces for the first time since the early 2000s.

Ripe for a Valentine’s Day release, Naux Faux has officially unleashed their warm, dreamy, and otherworldly downtempo project on the masses. It’s an appropriately timed release, too, because it resonates on the vibratory frequencies of love, nostalgia, connection, and longing. Best put into words, Naux Faux’s Enchanted album sounds akin to two entities who’ve conjoined their separate physical parts into one whole cosmic being.

The Bay area producer pals have taken their time finishing Enchanted because that’s what art is: precious. While they began five of the album’s seven tracks back in 2014, the project has taken a while because they “wanted to be hyper detail-oriented” and make the process “extremely fun,” Bassnectar reveals. He also notes that it’s impossible for him to produce this kind of music when he’s knee-deep in the wild style energy of summer festival touring.

“[T]his winter has been an awesome chance to unplug — I’ve ‘hung up the Bassnectar suit’ and been enjoying a ton of time outdoors (enjoying the heck out of California) and…when I’m all cozy in winter mode its the perfect scenario to make downtempo music.”

The album’s meticulous execution shines in its innate ability to transform listeners to a desert scenery, with the morning sun peeking over the mountains after a long night of uninhibited shenanigans. From start to finish, the album conveys a sense of wonder, bewilderment, and delirious bliss in its sheer capacity to deliver the listener onto various planes of consciousness. What is so apparent with Enchanted is how it was designed precisely for the coveted sunrise sermon slot. The album reveals just how influential Bassnectar and Sayr’s styles are upon one another.

The name is basically a play on ’NOthing PHOny” and was gonna be NOFO or NOPHO but then i liked how the word ‘faux’ means fake…so its like a very special nod to an era of electronic music which is extremely authentic, and which both Craig and I have a lifelong love for… if you like ‘Mesmerizing The Ultra’ i suspect you may quite possibly like naux faux :)

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