To be honest, this entire record has been topped off with a fresh batch of funk. Though each song is fully their own, the funk can’t be denied.
We all get that euphoric feeling when new music is discovered; it’s undeniable. For myself, that feeling was doubled upon listening to Love Lion, the new LP from Uncle Frank.
Hailing from Leicester UK, this 4-piece outlet consisting of Frank Benbini-vocals, Niam Cortazzi-guitar, Luke Bryan-bass, and Jnr Benbini-drums has mastered the craft of uniqueness, and Love Lion is proof of just that. Each track has a different feel and leaves you guessing what you’re going to hear as the album goes on. The opening and title track “Love Lion” is an in your face, badass rock and roll tune with a hint of funk and soul throughout the track. It’s the perfect introduction to the record. The next track is when Uncle Frank throw a curveball your way.
“Fountains” brings in a entirely different sound than “Love Lion”. This track is driven heavily by booming synth and ever-so-sweet harmonies throughout. There is, however, one element tying this track to the previous track and that is the best f-word…FUNK. To be honest, this entire record has been topped off with a fresh batch of funk. Though each song is fully their own, the funk can’t be denied.
Alongside funk, you’ll hear elements of soul, new wave and indie. Tracks “Maximum Respect” and “Ku Ku Nu” hone in on the group’s funk influence while the song “Your Man” has a lot more of a soul element to it while still staying true to their funk sound.
The album’s third track “Hot Secret Lover” has to be the most unique on the album. This track is a southern gospel ballad. The tone of both the organ and the lead keyboard, combined with stellar harmonies and a sporadic horn section leaves you in a trance.
Love Lion in all honestly in unlike any album I’ve listened to. Such an eclectic mix of sound throughout makes it an great listening experience. No question about it, Uncle Frank have such a unique sound that is most definitely their own. With tons of radio play throughout the UK, it is safe to say that Uncle Frank can, and will, make their way to North American airwaves sooner than later. With summer just about here, adding Love Lion to your playlist is a must. I’ll be sitting on my hands until they make the trip over to Toronto.