"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.