‘Saturday NIght’ is the second single from the album. Watch here. The video features Frank’s journey home from a night out and was shot just days ago, on the opening weekend of London’s night tube:
“The whole thing fascinates me”, says Frank. “People are weird enough without alcohol, loud music and a roomful of sexual tension”.
“I love getting messy as much as the next person, but I often wonder what aliens would think if they landed on Clapham High Street at midnight on a Saturday”.
It follows the release of ‘Songs We Fall Asleep To’, which bridged the gap between first and second singles with a video, featuring fans and members of the public listening to the song in a bed positioned in the middle of a London park: https://youtu.be/wp_WlOLUIsA
Following on from ‘#OneSongaWeek’ – a project in which he wrote, recorded and released a song a week for an entire year, and an EP recorded on the London Eye with a string quartet (in the time it takes to go round once – 28 minutes), Frank Hamilton is back with his latest project – a studio album?! That’s right, the one man marketing machine appears to be doing things conventionally for a change.
“Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’ is basically a self-help guide masquerading as an indie-pop record”.
While continuing to showcase huge hooks, intricate melodies and the kind of honest, accessible songwriting that has already won him an army of loyal fans – ‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’ also signals a huge sonic leap forward. His first album was typically singer/songwriter while his new one is packed full of drum machines, electric guitars and even the odd stylophone. The ukulele’s may have been binned but his uncanny knack of summing up the human condition remains and while it might sound like a more accomplished change in direction for the London based wordsmith, evidently he hasn’t turned his back on the DIY approach just yet…
“Most artists dream of plush studios but I’d sooner be able to roll out of bed at 4am, make a cuppa and record some vocals when no-one else is around,” says Frank who, aside from the live drums, recorded the whole album in his living room. “From a sonic point of view I hope it feels like the album was born in my bedroom, grew up in my lounge and then finished in a nice studio by professionals who actually know what they’re doing”.
Those professionals are James Earp (Nina Nesbitt) who co-produced and mixed the album, and Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Two-Door Cinema Club) who mastered.
Highlights include the addictive lead single, ‘LoveDrug’ as premiered by Clash Magazine, who called it “one of his most complex yet immediately enjoyable cuts to date” andthe frantic ‘10 Days’, a playful ode to“sorting your life out”. “ ‘More or Less’ is a stark duet featuring Youtube superstar Dodie Clark and showcases a much darker side to Frank’s musings, whilst ’21C’ and ‘What If’ are existential crises set to music. “As grateful as I am to live in such exciting times and as much as I feel like a hypocrite for moaning about it (while I use the internet to promote my new record) the 21st century scares the shit out of me.”
There’s also ‘The Only Cloud’ – an upbeat meditation on depression, theanthemic ‘Had Enough’, whose riff and chorus both pack a mighty punch and album opener ‘AOTC’, a dreamy commentary on the monotony of everyday life featuring Dodie and American Youtuber Evan Edinger.
Frank Hamilton is best known for his aforementioned #OneSongaWeek project, which began in his living room and ended with a Number 1 album on iTunes, featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Josephine from Oh Wonder and Lauren Aquilina. The ‘Best of’ album was released in December 2012 on Frank’s own label with a marketing budget of £0 and has since sold well over 15,000 copies. ‘Flaws & Ceilings’ was chosen as iTunes ‘Single of the Week’ notching over 100,000 downloads and becoming one of iTunes two most popular SOTW’s in 2012 (along with Emilie Sande).
His follow up EP, ‘Summer’ went straight to #1 in the iTunes S/S section and featured a cover of Teenage Dirtbag featuring Wheatus (the ﬁrst and only time they’ve featured on a cover of it since the original release in 2000). He’s since sold out two headline UK tours, played to 30,000 at BBC Children in Need’s Carfest and performed at the likes of The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, and British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park alongside Elvis Costello and Ray Davies. Frank also has an annual Christmas Show, ‘Crikey, It’s Christmas’ which starting out in his living room and has grown substantially year-by-year, selling out Bush Hall in 2015. This years venue? Scala – quite a journey from 20 people crammed into a tiny living room!
‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’ is out September 30th.