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Boomkat Product Review:
Much hyped debut album of Cold Wave pop fusions from Parisian duo Frank (just Frank). The group studiously situate their sound between early '80s UK and US Wave traditions, siphoning the atmosphere from classic records by The Cure, Joy Division/New Order, and The Smiths, with the instincts of lo-fi operators such as Silk Flowers and Blank Dogs. Frank's look is exquisitely executed, benefitting from subtly hi-end production values for that pouty, just-split-up with-my-girlfriend blend of melancholy and repressed angst, and affording them the opportunity to mix in traces of Black Wave metal and spiky synth minimalism with a measured restraint and polished finish. Tracks are split between French and English, highlights appearing on the metal-meets-Italo vibes of 'La Son Du Trottoir', and the ambient pop moodiness of 'Die In Bed', while fans of Ancien Régime will be feeling the wavey French feel of 'Couer Hanté'. If you're into the The Smiths and the Angular Recordings or Minimal Wave comps, you should check this.