Today, darkness and agony have placed an effecting stranglehold on pop culture. Unfortunately, this is clouding our judgment. Every so often, however, Local EPs like Anton Franc’s All This Talk come along to provide a strong sense of relief.
This Triple J Unearthed artist’s new EP is an eclectic and engaging mix of light and dark. As a keen-eyed talent, this four-piece act’s enlightening sounds ring true. Providing several light-hearted tracks for its latest EP, Anton Franc has travelled all over the map for guidance. This strategy, injected into each track’s soulful vocals and unique tempos, help each song stand out from one another whist developing valuable messages about love, loss, and redemption. Part of the ‘folktronica’ genre, Anton Franc’s work becomes engaging and resourceful.
The first track, Moments, delivers a profound and purposeful idea of what the following four songs will be like. Here, Anton Franc kicks off its new EP in a catchy and impressive fashion. Beginning with haunting and intriguing vocals, the profound lyrics aptly serve the oncoming toe-tapping melody. This charming track, aided by jazz and acoustic sounds, provides an alluring introduction for this visceral compilation. The second track, Dust Storm, hits a slightly darker note. Featuring echo-like vocals and a rumbling rhythm, this track hits the soul with a deafening ring. Thanks to its catchy chorus, the lyrics flow before delivering a meaningful, albeit heavy-handed, punch. In addition, the track concludes by peeling back the layers to focus on engaging vocals.
The third track, Water & Blue, becomes an enlightening and valuable experiment. Mixing folk, jazz, and electronica sounds, the rhythm provides several enigmatic moments and a memorable tune. Despite its familiarity, the track lifts the listener’s spirits once more. However, the fourth track, Boat Song, provides an even more inspired and uplifting beat. With a contrast between light-hearted acoustics and deep vocals, the track’s overt moodiness places the listener into an appropriate and calming dream-like state. Without blending into the other tracks, the fifth track, Hearts, peers into Anton Franc’s kitsch universe. Describing the quaint aspects of life, the lyrics tell a kind-hearted story about trials, tribulations, and everything in between.
As a unique cross between Passenger and Of Monsters and Men, Anton Franc is a beguiling indie-pop group. Providing, range, charm, and vibrant tunes, this group is one of Triple J Unearthed’s most engaging prospects in recent memory.