I Know I’m Funny haha is the title of the fourth studio album from singer/songwriter Faye Webster, released just last week on June 25 via Secretly Canadian Records. It’s the follow-up to 2019’s Atlanta Millionaires Club, a record that landed on many Best Of lists that year and set the bar pretty high for her next release.
Worry not, though, because I Know I’m Funny haha is an especially engaging group of songs that jump across the indie/folk and alt/country genres with seamless ease. Album opener “Better Distractions” (which ended up on former President Barack Obama’s Best of 2020 list, by the way) starts things out on a high note, almost veering into “yacht rock” territory musically, Webster expressing thoughts of boredom and restlessness (which come up frequently on the record):
I tried to eat, I tried to sleep, but everything seems boring to me
I don’t know what to do
Got two friends that I could see, but they got two jobs and a baby
I just wanna see you
Faye Webster began working on this new material prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a news release notes that her plans shifted after attempting a COVID-safe studio session with her band, opting instead to record her vocals at home, alone:
“I did the rest of the vocals in my bedroom, which is what I’ve done and what I’m used to, and what I prefer,” she said in a statement.
The title track pairs pedal steel guitar with more introspective lyrics:
We go through phases when we’re over ours
Right now we both wanna be rockstars
Got you a bass last year on your birthday
The same one the guy from Linkin Park plays
But you look better with it anyways
“In a Good Way” blends an R&B-flavored, lounge-style arrangement with a strong turn of phrase in the line You make me wanna cry/in a good way, the whole vibe of the track easily one of the more memorable moments on the album.
“Cheers” changes things up with a crunchy, fuzzed-out guitar lead and a hook that is a bit reminiscent of Petals for Armor, the dynamic and sonically adventurous 2020 album from Paramore front woman Hayley Williams:
But it’s on the song “A Dream with a Baseball Player” that Webster truly shines the brightest — another jazzy, laid-back arrangement (and saxophone!) detailing a crush Webster had on noen other than Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.
I could just meet him and get it over
Or I’ll just keep wearing his name on
Whatever I need just to help me cope
How did I fall in love with someone
I don’t know?
The song’s music video captures the song’s tone perfectly, too:
As a bit of a plot twist, Webster actually DID meet Acuña, the subject of her (previous) desires, after singing the national anthem at a Braves game in 2019:
“A song about Ronald Acuna Jr, obviously,” she explained in a statement. “Off tour I spent so much of my time watching baseball that I thought I wanted to be a baseball player. But I’m not, so I guess the next best thing was having a crush on one,” says Webster. “I guess this song explains what having a crush feels like. Having made up conversations with them in your head even though you don’t speak their language, wearing their team jersey every day, things that make you feel closer to this person that you don’t know at all. But I sang at the Braves game, and they let us meet so I think I got that one out of my system.”
“Overslept” features an appearance by Japanese musician Mei Ehara, who provides accompanying vocals that pair nicely with Webster’s (and the song’s gentle keyboards):
While the production flourishes throughout the album create an engaging soundscape with which Webster and her band mates shine, album capper “Half of Me” ends things on a note of melancholy and elegance. Recorded by Webster alone at a desk in her home, its sparse arrangement hits harder than you might expect.
What am I doing now?
What is the purpose of anything?
And if you’re not around
I’m missing a whole half of me
With I Know I’m Funny haha, Faye Webster takes a big step forward — and that says a lot, considering the acclaim given to her previous album. Hers is an unmistakably original sound that helps her stand out among the many top-tier singer/songwriter types currently making headlines in the indie scene.
Experience the record below:
Catch Faye Webster on a headlining tour this fall and into early 2022:
09/07/21 – A&R Bar – Columbus, OH
09/08/21 – Mahall’s – Cleveland, OH
09/09/21 – Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
09/13/21 – El Club – Detroit, MI
09/14/21 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
09/15/21 – 9th Ward – Buffalo, NY
09/17/21 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
09/18/21 – Portland House of Music, Portland, ME
09/20/21 – Sinclair – Boston, MA
09/21/21 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY
09/23/21 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
09/24/21 – Union Stage – Washington D.C.
09/25/21 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
09/27/21 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
09/29/21 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
09/30/21 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
02/01/22 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
02/03/22 – Trees – Dallas, TX
02/04/22 – The Parish – Austin, TX
02/05/22 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
02/07/22 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
02/08/22 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
02/10/22 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
02/11/22 – The New Parish – San Francisco, CA
02/13/22 – Douglas Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
02/14/22 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
02/15/22 – The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
02/19/22 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
02/21/22 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/22 – Horseshoe – Toronto, ON
02/25/22 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
03/01/22 – Webster Hall – New York City, NY