The indie scene in Montreal has been popping off like few others in the Canadian underground in the last few years, and if you’re looking for some of its more delightfully sensuous sounds in 2020, you needn’t search any further than the sleek beats of one FrankySelector’s “She’s so Carefree,” currently out everywhere smart alternative jazz, soul and R&B can be found. FrankySelector comes into this song and its music video just aching to show off his prowess behind the microphone, and although it’s not the only performance I’d tell fans of this genre to take in before the season has expired, it’s quickly become one of my personal favorites of September.
There’s so much pressure on the bassline in this track that it’s difficult for the drums to get around it without sounding a little messy beneath the main vocal part, but somehow the bottom-end tones never washout the other instrumentation enough to cloud any harmonies here. If anything, they actually make the melody up top feel all the more freeing and well-suited for the lyrics FrankySelector is singing to us, which is rather difficult to do considering their flexibility and cathartic tone to begin with.
FrankySelector’s vocal is the linchpin keeping everything together in “She’s so Carefree,” but I don’t know that I would deem it the main allure in the single. To be truthful, I actually think the overall chemistry between the players in this recording is the real bread and butter of what has made it – and the music video, for that matter – so hard to get out of my head. It takes a well-selected cast to make an effort like this a slam dunk, and I would have never imagined it would have come from the underground were I not made aware beforehand.
I think FrankySelector is still in the process of finding his permanent place in the international hierarchy of indie singers and songwriters in 2020, but releasing material like “She’s so Carefree” is a great start to what could easily become one of the Montreal scene’s most successful modern campaigns. He’s got the talent to give the culture that’s cultivated this part of his story quite the boost with listeners otherwise disinclined to take any interest in a melting pot of quality musicians abroad, and now it’s just a matter of securing the mainstream exposure he’ll need to make it all happen.
by Bethany Page