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FRANKIIE – Forget Your Head

Written Tuesday, November 26

If you’re a fan of retro-tinged, dreamy psych-rock, then this is the album for you. Drenched in reverb and delay, Forget Your Head a swirling wispy cauldron of 60s and 70-style rock. It is a full and complete album that offers a lot to the listener in a spectrum of moods and tempos. While the first couple tracks, “Funny Feelings” and “Dream Reader”, start things off in a dream rock mood, things quickly pick up on “Compare”, “Easy Breezy (Je Sais)”, and “Corner”, into more of a 70s rock kind of vibe. “Glory Me” is a serious take on mortality that is definitely the stand out track for me. “Nowhere Days” slows things down to get a bit more pensive. “Don’t Be Low” is lethargic but very catchy, definitely one I would want to see played live. “Alone Again” is really upbeat with some good-feeling steal drums. And it all ends with a beautiful acoustic ballad in “Stone Song”.

The whole thing is a journey and that’s exactly what I like to hear in an album, something with ups and downs, a beginning, middle, and end that are all distinct, because that’s what life is like. I can listen to an album like this and think “They probably went through a lot over the course of writing this album.” It feels that way.

There’s a subdued quality to it. I don’t mean that as a criticism. But it doesn’t feel dramatic in any way. It feels quietly contemplative. Fleshed out efforts like this need to be commended in a time when everyone just releases singles and EPs. This is an accomplishment. If you have the time to dig into it, there’s a lot to be experienced in this collection of songs.

My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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