PREMIERE: Past meets future on F₹ANK’s debut, ‘Trickle’
If 90’s Gwen Stefani collaborated with Gorillaz in 2018 with a healthy dose of futuristic elements, it might sound something like the debut song from Sydney-via-Chennai artist, F₹ANK. With droning fuzz and piercing drums, the heaviness of her debut makes a statement and a powerful one at that, so it’s with great pleasure that we’re bringing you your first listen right here!
Titled ‘Trickle’, real name Joanna Frank steps into the world of music having previously worked as a designer and artist on the Sydney scene. Her beautiful voice soars over the writhing bed of beats, starting off with some fresh keys before truly kicking into gear. Fusing her clear hip-hop influences with grunge may have been an ambitious task for any other artist, but F₹ANK makes it work. Emerging as a musician and producer, she clearly wanted to hold nothing back with her debut, and it’s this ambition that transcends into her music to make it something that sticks with you.
Clocking in at just over three minutes, the brooding single was written in one sitting after “days of compulsively listening to The Cure’s ‘Prayers for Rain’” so that may be where the darkness is coming from. However, through the darkness, F₹ANK‘s potential shines bright, so we are eager to see what she does next. As far as first impressions go, it doesn’t get more impressive than this!
Words by Emma Jones