Casey Frensz explains his latest release EP Identity Games is more like an ascent than a circle. It’s deeply rooted and personal that deals with finding some light in your life once again. The album is very eclectic and diverse and doesn't stick to one style or genre. As talented a musician as Frensz is he makes it seem easy being able to adapt.
The EP opens with “Broken Heart Blues” which I could be described as ’50s pop with a dynamic rock angle. It’s romantic. It would sound great at prom with your sweetheart but is also quite indignant. The juxtaposition is quite hilarious. It’s done really well is all I can say. I also loved the horns and guitar solo. The song has clear crescendo and comes down ever so smoothly very close to where it began.
“Fight For Your Right to Funk (Ft. Dieter Hein Mutis)” is funky. Like really funky in a James Brown/Prince type of way. The song embraced tons of tropes you have heard before but is all the better for it.
“Waiting for the Phone” is what I call a near perfect pop song in a very conventional sense. It has a summer breeze type vibe that is upbeat and happy. The lyrics however aren’t that happy and that’s one of the reasons I liked the song.
The EP goes in a different direction with “Sounds That Can't Be Found.” The song has eastern elements and is technically impressive incorporating elements of free jazz. As the song opens up I wasn’t expecting it to turn into a Billy Joel type song. The song structure is very unique and original.
Even more flavors are opened up on “Poco a Poco (This is It)“ which is an eight-plus-minute song. The percussive elements lean towards Bossa Nova and Brazilian music as the tempo shifts quite a bit getting faster and faster.
Frenz returns to funk with “Love The World” which perhaps is more aligned with Stevie Wonder than James Brown.
Frensz is the real deal. He can pull off a bewildering amount of styles. Take a listen.
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