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Vance Joy Releases Stunning New Single ‘Don’t Fade’

Accompanied by a poignant video filmed in Barcelona, Vance Joy has given another indication that his new album may sound a little different.

Will Morrissey

Vance Joy has given fans another taste of his forthcoming third studio album with the release of new single “Don’t Fade”.

The chart-topping artist – known to his friends as James Keogh – showcases a fresh new sound on this track, which was produced by hit-making duo Take a Day Trip (Lil Nas X, Kid Cudi, Juice Wrld), Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth (Solange) and long-time collaborators Dave Bassett and Edwin White.

“When we came to produce the song, I had the great fortune to work with Take a Daytrip, Edwin White and David Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors),” Keogh said. “Writing this song was the starting point for my new album. I knew I was on a path somewhere once this song came along.”

Describing the track as a “surprise” that “felt like a special discovery”, Keogh said the track has been in the bank for some time.

“I wrote ‘Don’t Fade’ with my friend and frequent songwriting partner Dave Bassett toward the end of 2019,” Keogh explained. “I like writing about that feeling of timelessness you get when you’re with someone you love.”
The poignant film clip was filmed in Barcelona with a local crew, where Keogh has been living with his partner and, it would seem, muse.

Following on from last year’s “Missing Piece” – which was recently certified double platinum in Australia – “Don’t Fade” features the sweetly catchy chorus: “I could hold you like this, all day / Didn’t get much sleep that’s ok / Not a single thing needs to change / We can be the light that, don’t fade / Baby we can keep our own time.

“For those of you who joined my live virtual sessions over the last two years I played an early form of it just me and my guitar,” Keogh shared to Instagram earlier this week. “‘Don’t Fade’ is another taste of my forthcoming album which I’m currently putting the finishing touches on.”

Keogh will return to Australian shores for a run of shows in September, but not before he performs a string of festivals across the US, including Bottlerock with Metallica and P!nk, and Beachlife Festival with The Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots.

Vance Joy – The Long Way Home Australian Tour 2022

Saturday, September 17th
Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT

Saturday, September 24th
Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD

Friday, September 30th     
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, October 1st       
Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta, QLD

Saturday, October 8th     
The Patrick White Lawns, Canberra, ACT

Saturday, October 15th     
Camp Shortland, Newcastle, NSW

Saturday, October 22nd     
Lardner Park, Lardner, VIC

Saturday, October 29th     
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, TAS

Saturday, November 5th   
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 12th 
Barnard Park, Busselton, WA

Friday, November 18th     
Forecourt, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, November 19th 
Forecourt, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, November 26th 
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

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