Fake Frank was founded by multi-instrumentalist and Brown University student Dan Avedis Masotti in 2016. Masotti started to play music with Jeremy Kaplan and drummer/percussionist Harrison Kravis. The band got to work quickly and released a self-titled album. They describe themselves as “eclectic alternative and retro-vibe.” Their music is fun and something I would want to hear live. The vibes are loose and encourage a good time in a Vampire Weekend type of way.
They start off with “Mad” which out of all the songs is perhaps the most single worthy, straightforward and radio ready. It actually wasn’t my favorite style they flirt with, but the sound is undeniably catchy and well written.
The song that got my attention was the next one “It’s All in my Head.” I really loved the way the song unfolds. You are greeted with a organ before being introduced with a dance worthy mix of instruments. The drums and bass are buoyant.
“Bossa Nova” isn’t just the title of the song but the style of the song. This was another standout in my opinion and had a lounge-like ’70’s feel to it. The atmospheric pads work wonders during the verse and the striking horns are also on point. “Tangled” is funky fun while “Apathy” contains an anthemic chorus that I could picture a group of people singing along to. They close with “It’s Never Enough” which was another great song. The song has a romantic feel to it in the spirit of The Smiths and even Pulp.
My only minor quibble is that the band perhaps experimented with too many angles on their debut. They displayed their versatility but also found a signature, cohesive sound a little elusive.
Overall, I thought this was a great album and I am excited for the band's future. Recommended.
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