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Frantic Francis by Pine Barons

In the vast landscape of contemporary music, few artists have managed to capture the essence of raw emotion and ethereal soundscapes as seamlessly as “Frantic Francis”. Their latest offering, “Pine Barons”, is a testament to the band’s evolving approach to songwriting, emphasizing patience, simplicity, and the beauty of letting a song breathe.

Drawing inspiration from the innocence of childhood, “Pine Barons” is an auditory experience that transports listeners to a time when everything felt new and unexplored. The pulsating bass line, coupled with dreamlike imagery, creates a hypnotic atmosphere reminiscent of waking up to a world filled with wonder.

The band’s journey began with their debut LP, “The Acchin Book”, released in 2017. This album was a masterclass in experimental sound, utilizing unconventional instruments and recording techniques. From the unique sounds of feathered paper dragged across paintings to the eerie ambiance of nighttime field recordings in the woods, Pine Barons showcased their ability to craft a diverse sonic palette. Their intricate arrangements and metaphorical lyricism earned them accolades, with Consequence praising their ability to evoke “a world beyond reality”.

Fast forward to 2020, and Pine Barons released “Mirage on the Meadow”, an introspective album birthed during the pandemic. Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Keith Abrams took the reins, delving deep into themes of human connection, impermanence, and the inevitability of death. The album’s psychedelic undertones, combined with its indie rock foundation, painted a vivid picture of the collective dread experienced during those uncertain times, while still offering a glimmer of hope.

Abrams’ musical exploration led him to the iconic sounds of the Japanese band, Fishmans. Despite the language barrier, Abrams felt an inexplicable connection to the voice of the late Shinji Sato. This discovery culminated in “I LOVE FISH”, a tribute album that reimagines nine Fishmans songs, including the ambitious “LONG SEASON”. Pine Barons’ rendition of these classics is both a homage and a fresh take, blending their signature sound with the timeless melodies of Fishmans.

“I LOVE FISH” is more than just a tribute; it’s a testament to the universal language of music. As Abrams recalls the first time he heard Sato’s voice, he reflects on the profound impact it had on him, emphasizing the boundless reach of music across cultures and languages.

“Pine Barons” by Frantic Francis is not just a song; it’s an experience. It encapsulates the band’s journey, their influences, and their unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of sound and emotion. In a world filled with noise, Pine Barons offers a moment of clarity, a chance to reconnect with our inner child, and a reminder of the transformative power of music.