Maston – “Souvenir”


Not too far off the heels of his last album, an homage to classic-era KPM Italian soundtracks and library music, Frank Maston offers news of a proper follow-up to his excellent Tulips LP. While the KPM dive was more of an exercise in exhuming his influences, Maston has never existed too far off from the flash-frozen lounge aesthetics of library tracks, the kind of soundtracks that crate diggers and sample nerds covet. For the new record he’s gone all in on the idea of a full band behind his imaginary soundtracks, enlisting Swiss quintet L’Eclair as his backing band. The fist taste of this ideal team up is the lightly percolating “Souvenir,” the title cut from his upcoming new LP. It lifts a bit from the funk of L’Eclair’s own repertoire while adding in Frank’s usual dance of vintage keys across the spectrum. The sound is fuller than he’d achieved on Tulips, but with some prog-pop mentions of Broadcast and The Focus Group and notes that Maston adds vocals to the record, I’m excited to see how this all fits into a larger picture. Check out the video with art by Mattea Perrotta and photography by Jon Howald & Paul Musset above.

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