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Frock | Frozen Jungle Entertainment (I Like Records)
A Swedish folk singer/songwriter, singing in English, in a Beatles accent no less, on his excellently-produced debut release. Now there's something I don't find myself writing every day! Frock is mostly one Fredrik Kinbom, now based in Brighton and establishing himself on the ever-growing, increasingly popular Brighton scene. Recorded in and released out of Brighton, 'Frozen Jungle Entertainment' has little glamour or pretence about it and is a remarkably simple and accessible listen. As for that Beatles accent, Looking At You is probably the best example of what sounds like John Lennon resurrected. The music behind that remarkable voice is mainly some fine finger picking Nick Drake would be proud of. There are also some great chord progressions (Monday Adventure), understated percussion (Turning Off The Telly At Dawn) and well-executed sampling (Frozen Jungle). Of these ten tracks, Dust Of The Same Star stands out and would appeal to fans of Australian duo Sodastream and Glasgow's the Delgados. The final bonus track, 8 Holes, is also something special and reminds me somehow of Badly Drawn Boy's more sinister moments.

Chris Horkan
November 2002