(2019) Vacation

Frenship

... read moreLos Angeles-based electronic duo Frenship take a distinctly Californian approach on their full-length debut Vacation. Packed with bright synths and warm atmospherics, the album is a breezy, feel-good set of tunes that features all the main staples of late-2010s electro-pop, such as tropical beats...

37′:33″ 13 Songs

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Breathe Deeper, See Brighter, Feel Better, Hear Now
1:24
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Remind You
4:24
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Wide Open
4:24
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Keep You Close
3:17
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39.5795° N, 105.1237° W
0:48
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Get Out My Way
3:37
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Run Ii U
3:58
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Won't Let You Go
3:54
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Wanted A Name
3:02
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Swim
3:43
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47.6588° N, 117.4260° W
0:46
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Anywhere But Here
3:43
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Vacation
0:33
Released 17 May 2019, Counter Records

Review

Los Angeles-based electronic duo Frenship take a distinctly Californian approach on their full-length debut Vacation. Packed with bright synths and warm atmospherics, the album is a breezy, feel-good set of tunes that features all the main staples of late-2010s electro-pop, such as tropical beats, anthemic choruses, and careful optimism. Beneath the sun-kissed haze, there's a hint of lyrical substance as the pair ruminate on love, freedom, and growing up. Expanding on the sound palette found on their 2016 platinum hit "Capsize," James Sunderland and Brett Hite opt for an introspective electro-pop flavor similar to the Chainsmokers, LANY, Zhu, and Bastille. The latter band appears on Vacation on the '80s-inspired "Won't Let You Go," while the album's other guest, Yoke Lore, puts a shimmering spin on the soaring "Wanted a Name." Other highlights include singles "Remind You," an adorably loving dose of pure emotion, and "Keep You Close," a soulful midtempo breather fit for fans of Sam Smith and Khalid. That blend of the heartfelt and inspirational maintains positive energy and nostalgic feelings, even on the brief instrumental snippets titled after the towns where Sunderland and Hite spent their formative years (Littleton, Colorado and Spokane, Washington, respectively). It's an overall pleasant experience, even if the consistent tone sometimes veers into stale sameness that isn't as memorable. Like the warmest of summer days, Vacation is a pleasure in the moment, but fades from memory as soon as the sun sets. ~ Neil Z. Yeung