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Frank Ene on Bambou – Made In China

On his own undersung gem of an album, Frank Ene put together a collection of songs that are deeply scarred, yet radiant. It’s a sound, that like his bandmate and producing partner Wymond Miles, references ‘80s aesthetics without becoming beholden to or bogged down in them. The goth slash across the album lets off a burn like dry ice — intense and cold, leaving a lasting mark on the listener. I asked Frank to pick out a gem of his own and he’s let us in on an ‘80s pop LP that likely slipped by us all. Check out below for Frank’s take on the sole ’89 LP from Bambou.

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Frank Ene

A compact, but powerful release from Frank Ene (Fresh & Onlys, Pure Bliss) gives rise to his darkened vision of pop. The songwriter paints songs in deep-blue tones, approaching the total darkness of the abyss, but becoming more radiant within his dour trappings. Ene has a delivery that feels perpetually stung with the numbness of drink. It’s weary, as if he’s been beaten emotionally or physically and is merely looking for that even keel to get him away from the pain. Longtime friend Wymond Miles assists with the production and his own penchant for creating works that are reverent to niche tones within ‘80s pop and post-punk can be felt reverberating through the record’s wires.

Its disingenuous, to nail Ene to the velvet crush of the ‘80s, though. There’s little that ties this record to any time or place. Instead No Longer exists in womb of feelings — scarred, caustic, lost, and appropriately for 2020, secluded. There’s a streak of Lynch in there, but maybe something even more discomfiting. There’s a sense that Frank’s trying to shed his own skin, to swim in the tides of despair looking for the self. If he’s come through the murky waters and out of the other bank, it’s hard to tell by the time the EP finishes. Perhaps his upcoming full-length will tune in a fuller picture. Still for those looking to the ache of Scott Walker or the slow-clot crawl of The Angels of Light, look no further than what Ene has prepared here.



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Frank Ene – “Flesh In A Womb”

Got a taut new one from Empty Cellar today, the first single off of the solo debut from Frank Ene. The Bay Area songwriter has lately been working with The Fresh & Onlys, and for “Flesh In A Womb” he enlists bandmate Wymond Miles to play on the track as well. Like Miles’ own solo works there’s an out of time quality to the song — a frozen ether that’s hints at the underbelly of ‘80s pop, but isn’t beholden to any true set of influences. It straddles time and breathes in the smoke from past and present through each nostril. What’s most apparent about the track, though, is the numb, weary, pre-dawn quality that hints at something gone wrong. Ene admits that the song was inspired by a particular night in a Copenhagen venue, and however that night transpired, it feels like it may have sent a shudder through Frank’s soul. That shudder is passed onto the listener with raw nerve honesty that may well have come from Scott Walker, or a very narcotized Lee Hazelwood. The video reflects the vulnerability of the track well, and was shot, as Ene says, by Ron Harrell in a dilapidated and miserable motel, off Route 99. The song provides good reason to keep perked for the LP when it arrives on July 10th. Check out the video above.



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