After wrapping up last year with her critically acclaimed debut EP Cold Water on the back of being championed by the likes of NYLON, The FADER, and Flaunt Magazine, emerging California-based experimental art-pop singer, songwriter, and producer FRANNY LONDON is back with an exquisite new single titled ‘METAL’, as featured in Substream Magazine, as she begins to lay the trail for her highly anticipated sophomore EP California Poppy. ‘Metal’ was written and produced by Franny London and her longtime collaborator Sam Irving, who has also worked with BENEE, Felly, and Fran Vasilić, with additional production, live instrumentation, and engineering by Sebastian Jones (Momma, Charlie Havenick).
Effortlessly crafted by Franny, Sam, and Sebastian, despite being across two different coasts in LA and New York, ‘Metal’ is led by driving drum patterns, lush synths, and harmonic guitar arrangements, over which Franny London exudes the strong lure of desire and a delirious crush. The captivating pop offering is held together by Franny’s beautiful vocal performance, infectious melodies, and her layered songwriting. Described by Franny as “always shades of blue when I was conceiving it – turquoise, cobalt, and ultramarine blue”, ‘Metal’ is a true pop song made for the evening, for driving on Mulholland drive, for spy movie chase scenes, for driving on the coastline listening as loud as you can.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Metal’, Franny London says, “‘Metal’ is inspired by desire, it is about the impermanence of desire. It is about the ways in which we fall seamlessly in and out of love, in and out of the chase. Power dynamics are always in shift, never static. It is about the continuous, rise and fall of time, and the constant rebirth and mischief that comes with fresh love. It was inspired by the push and pull of love. By the games we play to actually connect. It’s the best kind of love. I wrote it through the lens of a chase scene in a dark city, but with a jovial quality. The sexy, spy-movie version of a chase scene where you emerge from the smoke better for the fight”.
Already with over 1.5 million plays online, Franny London is an exciting talent with her own unique experimental art-pop sound that is both sprawling and precise. Having been playing music since she was 7-years old, Franny London is doing what she has always wanted to do, and now at 23-years-old, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and performer comes with an alternative sound that is at the forefront of pop music’s new expression. Highly recommended if you like the sounds of St. Vincent, Florence + The Machine, or Caroline Polachek, Franny London invites you into her glittering labyrinthine musical universe, centred around attentive songwriting and textured soundscapes.
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