Platinum-selling duo FRENSHIP - James Sunderland and Brett Hite - have announced the release of their debut full-length album Vacation, out via Counter Records, part of the Ninja Tune family.
Vacation, which includes buoyant, bright track “Won’t Let You Go” featuring Bastille, follows a series of buzzed-about singles that racked up more than 750+ million streams, including the 2016 global hit “Capsize” with Emily Warren. Full of warm harmonies, propulsive melodies, spiraling synths and pristine songwriting, Vacation is an album about searching. It examines the nuances of relationships and the idea of happiness and home – the duo’s hot-cold relationship with Los Angeles serving as one of the inspirations for the new songs.
“Remind You” addresses the insecurities which can often affect someone on one side of a relationship over layers of electro-pop synths, a laid-back groove and a bouncy melody. “Wanted A Name” feat. Yoke Lore explores the drive to re-capture those lightning-in-a-bottle moments of love, validation and pure creativity. The song received early love from SiriusXM AltNation, KROQ, KCRW and was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday in 23 countries and Apple Music’s Best of the Week in 36 countries as well as key Pandora and Amazon Music playlists. The video features acclaimed actress Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), who is Deaf, delivering a powerful performance of the song in American Sign Language, a way for FRENSHIP to reach out to their Deaf fans who they learned were requesting interpreters at their shows. Millicent’s presence is spellbinding against the serene, expansive natural setting, as she sheds light on how Deaf people experience and express themselves through music. It’s a profound reminder that music really is the universal language. Album intro “Breathe Deeper, See Brighter, Feel Better, Hear Now,” which bubbles and crescendos into a wall of gorgeous vocal harmonies, sets the album’s tone of humility and perspective– a secular way of searching for something spiritual in everyday life, knowing that life is far bigger than anyone or anything in it. As the album winds down, “Anywhere But Here” looks ahead and away from Los Angeles. The track’s adventurous, restless spirit and cinematic soundscape conjure up the open road ahead where the search for a place that truly feels like home can continue.