24 Jun 2021

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Frannkkey - EP Review: Frannkkey

20 Dec 2019 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Sinister and sexy,  Frannkkey contains bass vibes so deep they massage the very marrow in your sternum until it shakes out of your pores.

Frank Eggleton is a prolific fixture within the Wellington music scene, being involved in bands and projects like Solo Ono and Tidal Rave. Most recently he's decided to foray into the territory of dungeon dance music and with collaborator Rory Storm he's brought us the surrealist synth pop project: Frannkkey.

With an album already on the way, this self-titled EP is a primer for the full Frannkkey experience. Comprising three tracks that together form a waterslide into the basement of electro-dance and out the laundry shoot of depravity in retrograde, Frannkkey provides the kind of fever dream club experience that belongs in an episode of Twin Peaks.

The best introduction to the sound is the first track: You People. It conjures up images of LCD Soundsystem, New Order and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The heart rapping beat underscores the morally relativistic lyrics: "Some people need multiple chances and some people need multiple lovers." It seems to grind in the cadences of hedonism, but never all the way down to the gut of cynicism. It's as if Hellraiser's Pinhead had a sense of humour.

From the welding goggles in a dark club of You People to the endless horizon of Highway, the deep, throaty bass takes on a new connotation. It plays with the vocal hook, swapping melodies back and forth with it. Breezy backing vocals by Kristen Paterson make the song feel like a perfect sonic picture of a road trip. Waves continues the freedom of Highway into a mantra-like trance that culminates in a cosmic swirl of synthy textures and warbling melodies.

Frannkkey will be emerging with a full length album sometime in 2020. It will feature original songs as well as reworks of KittentankSolo Ono and Echo Beach songs.
Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Frannkkey

Frannkkey is a Wellington based Indie-synth pop project by Frank Eggleton (Tidal Rave, Solo Ono, Echo Beach, Kittentank and the Riff Rats). He is currently working with Rory Storm (Producer), Kristen Paterson (Backing Vocals) and Birgit Bachler (Art Work).

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Frannkkey


There are no releases to display for Frannkkey.

Other Reviews By Callum Wagstaff

Oh Sweet Nothings - Album Review: The Math
31 May 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
"Completely DIY and 8 years in the making, “a tribute to the pipe dreams of the struggling indie artist”.The tagline for The Math by Wellington based indie post-everything band Oh Sweet Nothings is a likeable description.
Personal Igloo - Single Review: Shades of Blue
19 Apr 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
Personal Igloo is the solo project of Auckland based song writer/producer, Hamish Nixon. Following the release of the début EP Phone-in Serotonin, Shades of Blue takes on a new-found energy on top of Nixon's signature laid-back delivery.
Merk - Album Review: Infinite Youth
13 Apr 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
Merk has been up and running since 2016, collecting a few accolades and getting some attention in that time. He is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni and winner of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut award in 2017.
Tim Allen - Single Review: Love is a Pill
20 Mar 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
UK born New Zealand artist Tim Allen has been a mainstay in the NZ music scene for the last decade. You might have seen one of his songs with Stormporter on New Zealand music TV or caught one of his shows on tour with Hangar 18.
Lasair - Single Review: Running
27 Feb 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
After years making music constrained by labels and opinions, Lasair's musical approach is "genre fluid" and built from the inspiration he finds around him wherever it happens to come from. Rather than talk about his persona, Lasair prefers to let his music speak for him.
Magnalith - Single Review: Intimacy's End
27 Jan 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
Magnalith is the brain child of Mathew Bosher (Decortica, Domes). Intimacy's End is a two-and-a-half minute monster mixed by Dave Holmes (Jakob, Saint Agnes, Maisha).
Pale Lady - Single Review: Lost and Found
19 Jan 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
Pale Lady formed in 2016 when a bunch of guys with a love for rock and roll found themselves in the same music degree. By 2017 they had won that years Battle of the Bands competition.
Eli Moore - EP Review: Home Skillet
29 Jul 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
In 2017 Eli Moore released his first full length album. Ship Life revolved around his experience as a cruise ship musician and referenced his appreciation of the harmonies and forms of jazz music within a classic pop context.
View All Articles By Callum Wagstaff

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • GOOD 4 U
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Doja Cat feat. SZA
    Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar And Giveon
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Russ Millions x Tion Wayne
    Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Lil Nas X
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem