Frank Hamilton is a singer-songwriter based in London whom I first discovered when he was touring following his endurance songwriting project #OneSongAWeek in 2012. Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward is Frank's latest album which was released in October. With a track record of consistently strong songwriting, in spite of self-imposed deadlines in the case of #OneSongAWeek, I had high hopes for the album - I was not disappointed.
First things first, this album is not a massive departure from Frank's existing works - so if you've heard his stuff before and liked it then you're in for a treat! This 13-track mixture of indie-pop songs range from uplifting and toetapping to at times slightly melancholic, but throughout the record his sincerity comes across - it's clear that he's singing about thing that he cares about, not just making music to sell records and make money. Many of the songs feel like slightly refined versions of tracks from the #OneSoundAWeek record, but in a good way. Far from formulaic, Frank's songwriting has come into its own with this record, with his turn of phrase and clever wordplay stronger than ever - "We could start again from now and call it recycling // We could melt the best bits down and make use of everything" - 'Recycling'. It's hard to pick a favourite track from the record as each track really holds its own on the album - it's a lean yet juicy selection which leaves you feeling hungry for more after consuming it. Stand out tracks for me include '10 Days', 'Saturday Night', 'Red' and 'More or Less', but honestly it changes each time I give it a listen. Check out Frank's upcoming tour dates below to hear tracks from the album live for the first time and watch the lyric video for 'What If?' below.
Monday 12th December - London Scala
Thursday 15th December - Bristol Thekla
Friday 16th December - Manchester Sound Control
Tickets for all 3 shows available from www.frankhamilton.co.uk/live
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