This could very well be the shortest recommendation yet. If you have found yourself marveling over the voices of Adele or Florence stop whatever else you are doing besides reading this, put down Twitter, Facebook , Instagram and anything else that’s distracting you and give a listen to Freja , and then go follow her and spend some time and money on this great voice..
Freja Frances makes a welcome return with another batch of delicate, heartfelt tracks that look set to mesmerise her audience once again with the release of her double a-side single, Porcelain Doll / Breathe, on 4th November 2016 via ShimmerSun Music.
Despite portraying individual stories, Porcelain Doll and Breathe still feel as though they come together as one whole. Written around the same time, with Freja enlisting the help of sessions musicians, these two tracks exhibit a significant progress in Freja’s already impressive songwriting skills, as she effortlessly displays a stunning storytelling charm akin to the likes of Gabrielle Aplin. Still remaining centre stage however, are Freja’s effortless, authentic vocals accompanied by her intimate, yet powerful, piano-led melodies helping to bring both tracks to life.
Freja first started writing songs at the age of nine with dreams of starting a rock band and becoming the next big thing. However, due to her ability to prolifically write high calibre music at such a young age, Freja decided she didn’t need a band behind her and ended up with a collection of heartfelt songs which she now has at her disposal. Since the release of her debut EP Ghosts, Freja has received praise from various publications including For Folk’s Sake, Gigslutz and The Girls Are, to name a few. She has also performed at Sofar Sounds London and has been commissioned to write a song for Bossa Studios’ upcoming game ‘Worlds Adrift’, which launches later this year.
With this latest release, it feels as though Freja has started to find her niche as a musician as her songwriting ability continues to go from strength to strength. Catch Freja’s next live date below:
October 30th – The Spice Of Life – London
Meet – Freja Frances
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
I’ve been writing poems and songs since I was a kid, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Last year I released my first EP ‘Ghosts’ and I also play gigs regularly in London.
2) Who would you list as your musical influence?
I’m usually influenced lyrically more than musically, I listen to a variety of genres and I love anything with great emotional lyrics. At the time of writing ‘Breathe’ and ‘Porcelain Doll’ I was listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine, Freelance Whales, Lana Del Rey, My Chemical Romance and The Smashing Pumpkins.
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
I played a Sofar gig back in January which was awesome in itself, but I was approached by Henrique Olifiers there, who is a co-founder of Bossa Studios who are developing a game called Worlds Adrift. He commissioned me to write a song to be played on a trailer for the game. I worked with their composer Murugan Thiruchelvam and it was a great experience, the song sounds amazing!
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
I’m going to be working on a studio album over the next year or so and I’m hoping that it will be well received! I also really want to go on a UK or European tour at some point in the future!
5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Two stand out albums for me have been Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘1989′. They’re pretty different from each other but they both have amazingly written lyrics and really memorable music, they’re two albums I can just listen to non-stop! I’ve also really loved ‘Petals’ by Darlia, ‘Every Open Eye’ by Chvrches, ‘Hesitant Alien’ by Gerard Way and ‘Stomachaches’ by Frank Iero.
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
I think it’s a great way to connect with people who enjoy my music. I don’t give day to day updates on my life but I’ll usually post about upcoming gigs, new releases and things like that.
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
So far I’ve been lucky enough to have had only good feedback on my music, which I absolutely pay attention to. I think it’s great to hear how my music has positively affected other people! I’m sure at some point people will start saying bad things and I’m just going to have to learn to ignore that when it happens. What really matters is that I’ve created something that I’m proud of.
8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I’d enjoy touring anywhere to be honest, I really love traveling! Europe would be cool because there are so many European cities I want to visit! I’d also love to do an American tour and just take a massive road trip round the US.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
I think that it’s amazing how music can capture emotion so well, I love being able to listen to a song that I can perfectly relate to, for me that’s really important. Some songs are just a good backbeat though, they’re not particularly meaningful but just have a great vibe!
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
I’d just like to give a big thank you to anyone who has bought my music or come to one of my gigs. It means a lot!
Porcelain Doll / Breathe is out on 4th November 2016 via ShimmerSun Music and is available to pre-order on Amazon now.