Local experimental artist French knows how to give the listener a real musically mind-bending experience.
The project of writer / producer Mikey Franz recently released two new singles, “Call It” and “En Bloc,” and his new music video for “Call It” is like being in a drug-induced dream sequence. You’ll be seeing multiple images and colors at once in this trippy video with the images melting into one another, like a modern-day Salvador Dali. Mixed with the lo-fi, fleeting melody and Franz’s soaring vocals, this video is a complete psychedelic hallucination.
But be warned: this is not a happy-go-lucky drug trip. The song will leave you with a kind of sad hollowness wishing there was more. Check out the music video for “Call It” below and listen to both of French’s new singles here.
French is the music project of Philly’s Mikey Franz – a chill mixture of experimental, electronic, lo-fi pop, and psychedelic vibes. He released a full length album, Phases, last week and it’s available to buy or download for any price on Bandcamp. Warm, relaxing, yet also futuristic and trippy, French’s collection of songs flow cohesively yet also sample the many different styles he works with and is influenced by. Dreamy stuff; check it out below.
Mikey Franz has been releasing a slew of singles for a while now under the name French, but I still don’t know how to categorize his music. At times it’s straight-up psychedelic. At other times it’s lo-fi trip-hop or bedroom pop or shoegaze. Basically, French takes a bunch of genres at makes music to either fit into these categories or just mashes them all into one combined sound. This leads to a large variety of sounds on his singles, opening up space for fans of nearly any genre to fall in love with one song or another. French’s latest single, is one of his more mellow tracks. “Candlelight” is the perfect name for this single: a quiet love song that sounds like the Beach Boys got a hold of some of Beach House’s instruments. For a small sample of the wide palate that is French, check out the single below.