FRENSHIP, the duo made up of James Sunderland and Brett Hite make pop songs that are influenced by 80’s pop and 90’s hip hop. The duo just released their debut album, Vacation and it’s 13 songs of tremendous music. The Los Angeles-based act has put together a pop album that’s perfect for summer. The features with Bastille and Yoke Lore are great, but beyond that these songs are filled with great hooks and slick beats.
Vacation does a lot of things well and the most obvious is the production of Sunderland and Hite. The music they piece together is instantly addictive and the sounds that they’re using to do it are expansive. You can listen to songs like “Wide Open” or “Get Out My Way” and find a sound you love instantly, but when you listen back to them, you’ll hear something new every time too. Sunderland and Hite also do a good job producing vocals. From song to song they use a lot of different production techniques to get the most out of their vocals. That makes each song sound different and makes the album that much more fun to listen to.
The whole album is good, but I will say that FRENSHIP’s two features on this record are their best songs. “Won’t Let You Go” featuring Bastille is the song of the summer and “Wanted A Name” featuring Yoke Lore is just as good – the open to the song gets you write away and the vocal performances are great.
FRENSHIP’s Vacation is the perfect summer record. Songs from this record will be on playlists for the next four months and they’ll fit perfect. There’s not a bad song on this record but at the same time – I don’t know if there’s anything outside of the two features that are worth coming back to once the initial few months of consumption of this record is done. Still, this is an album that’s easy to enjoy and that counts for something.