Review: To Be Frank – Nothing EP


To Be Frank - Half The Man EP - Earlier this year, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist To Be Frank scored cult hits with If You Love Her andNothing. Neither track bothered the charts much, but both became firm radio favourites and established Frank Pescodas one to watch.

November sees Pescod return with his third release, the Half The Man EP. It’s title track comes in two variations: both more upbeat and immediate than its predecessors. An energetic, entirely synthesized backing track contrasts well with Frank’s down-beat, heart-felt vocal.

As to be expected from an experienced producer, it’s mixed to perfection, with the vocal clarity up front and shining, which becomes all the more impressive on the alternative mix, featuring soul singer Sam Scott, whose delivery belts out of the speakers like Black Box never went away.

Supporting track Play is a more brooding soundscape like we’ve heard from Frank before, led by an old-time piano riff that follows through into the more electric Show Me The Way. The latter continues that Depeche Mode vibe that is has been present previously, but adds a falsetto chorus and rnb groove that creates an odd yet addictive fresh vibe.

Rounding things off is the track which started it all – debut single If You Love Her. An ethereal vocal with minimal, driving accompaniment, the song was a YouTube smash earlier this year, and any chance for it to get more exposure, the better. Is it time for To Be Frank to be a superstar, yet?

Half The Man EP is released digitally on November 4th. You can see the video for If You Love Her below, and catch our interview with Frank here.


About Paul Holmes

Editor of The Velvet Onion since 2010, I also work in arts marketing and digital content producing, writer for a few things, listen to a lot of vinyl and watch lots and lots of Doctor Who.

Posted on September 9, 2013, in Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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