Album Review: FRANKIE, Girl of Infinity

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Vancouver dream-rock band FRANKIE release their debut album, Girl of Infinity.

Since forming in 2013, the four-piece have made a name for themselves as one to watch, playing to enthusiastic crowds at local gigs and at gatherings like The Edge of The World Music Festival in Haida Gwaii and Ponderosa Music Festival. Now, two years later, the all-girl group’s highly anticipated first record has finally arrived.

Girl of Infinity opens with “Mermaid,” layering haunting harmonies with hey-hey-heys and acoustic strums. This combination is strikingly beautiful and a fitting way to begin the sonic journey into FRANKIE’s world.

Ethereal tones float their way through the album’s six tracks from beginning to end — perhaps a credit to the fact that the majority of Girl of Infinity was created in a cabin near Mount Baker where the girls had no cell phone reception or Internet, only a connection to the earth, their music, and each other.

“Burnshine,” like the imagery it conjures, is hazy and emotive, contrasting nicely against spunky yelps and a piano breakdown on “Someone Once.” Girl of Infinity‘s sublime trip comes to a close with the album’s first single, “Atmosphere,” which has rich vocals riding over breathtaking swells and delicate undercurrents.

Despite its dreaminess, Girl of Infinity is far from soft. Rather, well-crafted arrangements, skilled instrument playing, and storytelling lyrics display FRANKIE’s great strength as songwriters and musicians, and showing us just how much power lays in femininity.

FRANKIE’s debut album, Girl of Infinity, is available online

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