The L.A.-based duo focuses their electropop sound on a volatile relationship on the third single from their upcoming debut, Vacation.
"A jealous heart does all it can," FRENSHIP warns on their newest release "Keep You Close."
The Los Angeles electro pop duo, comprised of DJ-producer James Sunderland and singer-songwriter Brett Hite, follows up the success of their single, "Capsize," and their 2016 EP Truce, with Vacation, their debut full-length due out next month. "Keep You Close," the third single off the album, crafts an electronic loftiness over lovelorn lyrics, detailing a relationship defined by its conflict.
"Keep You Close" is a love song dedicated to what's lacking: the presence of a lover and the strength required to change for them. A muted guitar adds a nostalgic element to the song's opening notes, expanding into a steady drumbeat and synth riffs around the harmonizing vocals. FRENSHIP, and electropop as a discipline, depends on the proliferation of a mood to keep a listener invested, and "Keep You Close" manages to strike a balance between its careful lyrics and a sense of building sonic drama to generate its ambience. Working double-time as a love song reckoning with itself, and as a preview of FRENSHIP's upcoming debut, the track adds an appealing sense of depth to the duo's sensibility and their progression on Vacation.
Keep You Close
Matthew Apadula is a writer and music critic from New York. His work has previously appeared on GIGsoup Music and in Drunk in a Midnight Choir. Find him on Twitter @imdoingmybest.
The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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