Fire May Save You is the E.P release from ambient pop singer Frances. Frances is a young up and coming singer songwriter from Newbury, Berkshire in England. She is a student at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Frances has been playing music from a very young age including piano and violin. She is also a trained singer. Before attending college, she competed in Open Mic UK at age sixteen. She has also garnered attention from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6. Frances’ influences include Coldplay, Bjork and Radiohead. Judging from these influences, I imagine her classical training and influences combined have resulted in a slick ambient pop record and I don’t think I’m wrong.
The E.P consists of the original version of her track Fire May Save You and three remixes of the original song by other collaborators. It’s not the most traditional type of E.P but certainly showcases the versatility of Frances’ song writing skills and vocals. The original and first track is a beautiful piano driven track which showcases Frances soulful Adele-esque vocals. Lyrically, the theme is inspirational and a declaration of determination over struggle. Melodically, the song is very strong. The hook manages to be infectious enough to be memorable. This song would not be out of place on mainstream radio or on a montage on a TV trailer. I’ve not saying that to be reductive, it‘s a great song. The song ends epically with harmonies and rock guitar and drums followed by Frances’ undeniably beautiful vocals.
The second is a remix by Dillistone. It’s somewhat of a more dance style version of the song. The song builds up into a euphoric beat and pulsating synths. The remix breaks down the chorus into sped up cuts making use of Frances vocals as a beat. The remix still retains her bare vocals but changes the hook into ambient dance. The Cesare remix changes her vocals around again making use of the ambient harmonies showcased in the initial track. Another ambient dance track, her vocals are mixed into echoing production. Unlike the previous remix, the Cesare remix makes use of her hook and retains her chorus to create a more high energy dance track than the previous. The track showcases a snapping dance beat and use of piano samples that retain Frances’ chorus. The second remix has a bit of a Roger Sanchez style edge to it which makes for a very classy and enjoyable listen. The Luka remix submerges the track under a flowing ambient beat. The last remix has more a trip hop edge to it. Frances’ vocals are submerged as if underwater. Beats drip around her vocals and sample parts of her verses. The final remix is a breathy ambient affair that manages to dissect the beautiful downtempo parts of her melody.
Although remixes are not what I am accustomed to listening to on E.Ps, this record is full of class from start to finish. The original track is strong and layered enough so that it’s versatile. The remixes demonstrate a versatile vocalist and songwriter. Frances has already made a very individual and unique sound for herself and is already a well rounded artist with enough rawness to make her endearing as a new act. Fire May Save You is well worth a listen for fans of ambient music or soulful pop.
Fire May Save You was released on September 1st via Kitsuné records. Frances will appear on the upcoming Kitsuné compilation.