If ever there was a ripe successor to Garbage, The Cardigans, Saint Etienne, Skunk Anansie and PJ Harvey, this is it... Frankie, the love-child of Kate Bush and David Bowie, write, produce and perform affecting songs that hit you square on and stay with you. From the self-possessed naivety of 'Here and Now' to the cheeky tenacity of 'Narcotica Baby' the tunes are infectious - here a caress of gliding saccharine vocals, there an electroclash attack. Lyrically celebrating perfect little moments, emotions, victories, defeats, urges and hopes; they are at once domestic and epic; melancholic yet positive; invocative yet reflective. They tread a fine line: confessional without bloodletting, sexualised and intimate but always with a twinkle in the eye. Neat hooks, melting string arrangements (performed by the Inklein Quartet of Morcheeba and Uli Jon Roth fame) and hypnotic keyboards surface impressively on the new self-financed EP. Musical influences come from far and wide - Suede, Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Bjork, SFA, Beck, Elbow - all present somewhere in the mix but never worn on the sleeve creating something which is original, affecting, unpredictable and effortlessly cool. Frankie are: Jane Martin (vocals), Jonathan Goldstein (guitars and programming), Nick Coates (bass) and Gareth Watkins (drums). The band has gigged extensively in London at The Borderline, Barfly, Garage, Water Rats, Cargo, Sound and The Bedford.
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