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Freedom Fry - Friends + Enemies EP (Review)

Freedom Fry, Friends + Enemies EP

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

FREEDOM Fry is the LA based duo of Parisian born Marie Seyrat and Michigan native Bruce Driscoll.

Seyrat, who had been singing since before she could talk, initially pursued a career in fashion and styling where she did PR for Gucci and even dressed the likes of Sharon Stone. Driscoll, meanwhile, cut his teeth in the music industry as a producer and touring musician from a very young age. He toured extensively, playing live with the likes of James Iha and Ivy and sharing bills with bands like Stars, Cake, Tahiti 80 and the Trashcan Sinatras.

Fate brought them together when Marie worked as a stylist on a video for Bruce’s other band, Blondfire.

“She played me a song with her singing in French while we were on the set. I loved her voice and thought it would be cool to try to write some songs together with somewhat of a French melodic sensibility. That was April. That following August we wrote and recorded our first EP and the following single, Earthquake, in about five days in my apartment in New York,” Bruce recalls.

Earthquake, inspired by an actual New York earthquake they experienced, was released on Valentine’s Day of 2012 and received a great critical response to both the song and the self-directed video. It even garnered a single-of-the-week from French music magazine, Les Inrockuptibles.

Soon after the release of their first EP Bruce relocated to California and the twosome did a road trip from NY to LA. Along the way they made a detour and stopped in Fort Sumner, New Mexico at the grave of Billy The Kid.

This visit would inspire their following wild west themed EP, Outlaws. The EP featured a reinvented, banjo-driven cover of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s Bonnie and Clyde as well as songs about legends Billy The Kid and Jesse James. Jesse James, the single from the EP, was accompanied by a video directed by French director Mark Maggiori (French music fans know his work for the bands Lilly Wood and the Prick and Brigitte) and Petecia Le Fawnhawk.

Following in the wake of those past EPs now comes the really rather excellent Friends + Enemies.

The three tracks highlight their recent experimentation with writing bass-line driven, dark, minimal, organic, danceable songs. The single, Friends + Enemies, is about the beauty and danger involved in friendship and how vulnerable you can become once you open yourself up and fully trust another person. It’s a superb taster.

The combined vocals are superb and combine ethereal tendencies with something bordering on euphoric, while the slow layering of electronics, bass and beats gives rise to an inspired creation, the eventual breeziness of which belies the darker lyricism.

But that’s not all. The Sea Invisible has a more brooding, even cinematic vibe attached, courtesy of a really distinct bass-line, a more deliberate beat and a moody set of vocals. And With The New Crowd has a kind of future-pop funk vibe that is more usually the reserve of artists like Beck (and, in particular, his work with Charlotte Gainsbourg).

It’s laidback, effortlessly cool and, quite simply, great. Now roll on a full album!

Track listing:

  1. Friends + Enemies
  2. The Sea Invisible
  3. With The New Crowd