The Fader announced today (Oct. 19) the signing of singer/songwriter Fractures, the stage name of Melbourne, Australia-based Mark Zito, to its Fader Label. Along with the signing announcement, Fractures also released a new single, the haunting, ethereal “Sculptures,” which can be heard below.
As Fractures, Zito has released two albums, a self-titled 2014 effort and its 2017 follow up, Still Here, an album shaped by an accident that nearly killed him when he broke his neck after falling unconscious during a rehearsal several years ago. It was during that time period, prior to Still Here, that Fader president and publisher Andy Cohn, whose wife had recently and suddenly passed away from cancer, came across Fractures’ song “Cadence,” which prompted Cohn to reach out.
“After my wife, Stacey, passed away in the summer of 2016, I spent countless hours listening to music as one of the most effective tools for healing that I could have ever imagined,” Cohn told Billboard in a statement. “One late night I came upon the track ‘Cadence’ by Fractures, and it really hit me from sonic and lyrical standpoint and really piqued my interest in the artist. From there, I connected with Mark and his manager Anthony where I learned his story and realized how special and talented he was, as well as how much more music he had lined up that I wanted to help him share with the rest of the world.”
Cohn’s conversations with Fractures’ team led to the February 2017 track “Time Frame” premiering on Fader’s web site, and Cohn became Zito’s co-manager. “Sculptures” is his first release for the Fader Label, with more music scheduled to be released later this year.
“’Sculptures’ is a song I’d sat with for several years, not entirely sure of whether or not it had a home in my catalog for no particular reason,” Zito told Billboard. “So it gathered dust after its inception, with sporadic revisits not changing my mind one way or the other. It got to a stage where I’d decided it’d needed a slight reassembling and that’s the version we’re releasing now. It probably reignited the spark I felt when I wrote it and the message of it all still rang truly so it felt right that it should have its turn to be heard.
“Perhaps [it can] be seen as a slightly lateral move in terms of genre or style, but I see myself as trying to be mobile in my output from here on so by no means is this a sign of things to come, just an extension of what I’ve done,” he continued. “The hope from here is that it provokes a response from people and piques their interest because I wouldn’t release something I didn’t think was worth listening to.”
“Fractures represents everything that is great about music today and everything we look for in the artists we sign,” said Jon Cohen, co-founder of The Fader and the Fader Label. “Incredible musicianship, beautiful lyrics and a sound that defies genre. We are very excited to be working with Mark and Anthony and look forward to using Fader Label’s vast relationships and network to help take Fractures to the next level.”