Today’s tip comes from mono-monikered self-confessed “piano woman” Frances. Taken from her forthcoming eponymous EP, ‘Grow’ is a delicate and heartfelt ballad which showcases her perfectly-intonated voice and elegant way with a handful of keys.
I think I hear a bass in the background, and there’s the odd synthesised beat, but this is mostly a solo effort, the impact primarily coming from countless layers of vocal, which generates a quite memorable climax.
In ‘Grow’s grandiose pop there’s hints of Florence, and the piano-led arrangement inevitably recalls memories of Elton John when he was good. Modern and yet timeless then – not an easy trick to pull off.
Words by Martin Sharman
Tip by Chris Smith at Trellis Records
Generator North East, The Manse, Kingsland Church Studios, Priory Green, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DW
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