Faith Hwang is a young musician based out of the Bay Area. She currently has one EP titled “Him” and three singles on spotify, bandcamp, and soundcloud. Hwang is inspired by a variety of music genres from Korean Pop Jazz musicians like I.U. to mainstream American icons like Frank Ocean. Her style generally pays close attention to the melody portraying her influences, but her lyrics focus on her unique perspective of life. She has insight into the world around her, both on and off the track. The listening experience, in my opinion, is playful and catchy.
“Him” released 2018 talks about a situation incredibly human. At some point, in most people’s life, they will be on the hurtful end of unrequited infatuation. Whether it be a celebrity, a childhood friend, or even a past lover—most people will be rejected. How we choose to react to those low points often reveal the most important details about our personalities. Hwang’s EP takes a light-hearted and dark-humored approach to the topic. Lines like “Stalker/follower whatever you call me I don’t care,/ I love you so much that it hurts.” tow the line between sad/sweet and obsessive/creepy.
Juxtaposed against those lines are songs like “Do you still like me?” that offer a reversed perspective on the same situation. The entire set throws in a variety of intriguing platitudes like “If you knew me, you’d lose your interest immediately.” These lines read like footnotes in the speakers journal. The narrative is gently placed throughout the six songs, with such emphasis on melody, that you find yourself singing along on only the second or third play through.
Hwang also shared her experience as an Asian American women in the music industry. Hwang commented: “I’ve worked with a lot of Bay area artists and I’ve had great experiences. It’s like “oh, I’ve learned something.” I feel like I’ve grown and taken that experience to help me widen my range.” She went on to explain that in her hometown, her experience was not as positive. “I was paying to use his [recording] equipment. It wasn’t necessarily that I didn’t want his interaction, but it was more so a “you respect me and I’ll respect you.” I was just shocked because he would say things like “I have demoitis because I’m not willing to change things.” It wasn’t that I wasn’t willing to change, but he recorded my song not in my range.” Hwang expressed that this clamp around her creative freedom became the catalyst for her upcoming single “Demoitis”. The song is sure to be relatable to anyone who can relate to the feeling of being unfairly demeaned or patronized.
For more on Faith Hwang, visit her at: faithhwang.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/faithhwang or @faith.hwang on instagram.