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Album Review: The Franklin Electric

November 5, 2016

 

Photo taken by Keenan Callow | @keenancallow

 

Is it a surprise that brass is making a comeback? We live in a “no holds barred” world of music. Boundaries are being broken and walls are being knocked down. Anything goes. So why not reintroduce classical music to the modern world?

 

The Franklin Electric have been executing the jazz folk genre ever since they re-released their debut album This is How I Let You Down in 2014. The four-piece group reigning from Montreal, Canada, combines subtle piano, perfectly placed trumpet, antiquated guitar strums and harmonious vocals to create simple but effective tracks.

 

Raw storytelling peaks through their Mumford and Sons/The Head and the Heart sound with personal and heartfelt lyrics. Listening to the 11 tracks on the album is a melancholia event, but not sorrowful. In the lyrics you can recognize the hard work and deep thought put into the story. It’s not one you will find familiar, but that does not mean you cannot relate. Jon Matte, the frontman, writer and producer, knows exactly how to work his voice in a way that will plunge into your mind and will not leave until it has ripped out a piece of you.

 

In the opening song, Strongest Man, listeners are told a tale about mortality. Every human believes in immortality until something so crippling strikes them, bringing them to their knees.

 

Oh the hell with it he’s drinking again

Like breathing poison air mixed up his feelings

He’s a little bit weary and a little bit worried

Used to feel like he’s the strongest man alive.

 

Uninvited is perhaps that subtle song we all look for after rejection. When we want to prove our worth and that we are the ones who got away.

 

I’m that reoccurring thought that’s haunting you

It keeps coming back around

I’m that last laugh you meant to have and realized you’re missing out.

 

The second last track on the album, Running, describes those moments in life when we’re searching for something greater but are making no effort to find it.

 

All this time you’ve been running

Searching for a sign that sits somewhere

In a sky that’s full of stars

They keep burning, changing

No it’s never the same things.

 

Finally, after two years, the band will be releasing their second album before the end of the year. They’ve recently given a sneak peak in what is to come with their new single Walk with You. Based on this new song, The Franklin Electric has refined what it means to keep consistent. Pitter-patters of snare drums weave through the melody, while Matte’s vocals dance along each note.

 

The Franklin Electric, while far from their prime in the spotlight, are surely creating a competition that other bands will struggle to keep up with. If you’d like to hear more, check out their Spotify.

 

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