Echoing the same career path as Little Boots, former London School of Fashion student Vincent Frank, aka Frankmusik, built up a loyal online fan base long before he started appearing on the same ones-to-watch lists, thanks to various YouTube postings that showcased his inventive brand of '80s-influenced synth pop. Like his female counterpart, his D.I.Y. sound has been given a glossy sheen for his debut album, Complete Me, which in this case is provided by Stuart Price, the man behind the Killers' electro-based Day & Age and the recent disco-pop output of Madonna and Kylie.
"Complete Me is an auteur's album," Island Records contends - a fancy way of saying that Frankmusik, aka south London synth-popper Vincent Frank, wrote and played the whole thing himself. Should we be impressed? All things considered - particularly his unerring melodic instincts, which make this an album of hit singles in waiting - we should. It's premature to claim that he's "on the cusp of rewiring the national consciousness", but Frank's high-energy confidence makes him one of the most appealing of 2009's crop of young synth acts.
The human rights charity Reprieve recently launched a campaign called ‘zero dB’ to highlight the brutality and widespread use of music torture. Constant, ear-splitting music is used to mentally break down prisoners, leaving them severely sleep deprived and mentally unstable. A plethora of musicians have added their name to a silent protest at zerodB.org which calls on Obama to expressly outlaw it.
A dreadful pile of over-processed, overloaded frippery, or a work of genius? Lucy Davies 2009 Complete Me is the debut album from producer Vincent Frank, who's remixed songs by the likes of Mika, the Pet Shop boys, and CSS. He's come up with a collection of heavily-processed arrangements, continuing the current 80s omnipresence in pop. You can almost hear the mixing desk groaning under layer upon layer of synthetic excess.