There are times when music seems to reach right out and grab you by the ears, demanding your attention. As soon as I hit play on Fresh Cut Collective’s new album, “Re-Frame
(Part 1)”, that’s exactly what happened. This highly anticipated album is set for release this Friday, March 30th at the Miramar Theater, and though I’m familiar with many of the tracks from their shows, having the chance to listen to the album straight through is quite
a privilege. Pay attention, fellow music fans, because Fresh Cut Collective is about to blow your minds.
Perhaps the thing I was most excited to hear with this album was the way it was recorded. Our current digital recording world allows music to be fine-tuned to the point of
perfection. While this seems like a good idea in general, sometimes we listeners lose a bit of the connection that musicians share when playing live. FCC is such a charismatic band and the energy they create during live performances encapsulates the audience; resulting in a fun, high energy dance party atmosphere. With such talent, a digitally recorded album certainly wouldn’t be a disappointment, but the band recognized the opportunity to give more to their fans with a different recording technique. This album is a live, in studio analog recording and it’s the perfect way to showcase the FCC sound.
The fun begins with “DaDa DaDa”, which is the perfect way to get things going. The beats lure you out of your seat and Kiran’s vocals are both fluid and articulate. This is Fresh Cut Collective’s way of telling you to get ready for an awesome auditory experience.
And you better be ready to dance when “Bangy Bangy” comes in next. If you haven’t yet learned this dance, you better start practicing. Perhaps what I love most about this track (aside from the fun, upbeat tempo) is that it transports me to FCC shows where I can enjoy watching the band have as much fun on stage as we’re having in the audience.
“Creeping in the Jungle” has a smooth, melodic vibe, and while it’s slightly slower tempo than the songs that precede it, it certainly maintains the funky groove of the album.
This song provides a great transition into “Ding Dong Bong”, which has one of my favorite displays of Patricio’s talent on keys. If I had to describe this song in one word, no doubt that word would have to be sexy.
If you haven’t yet heard “Let Go” (featuring A Biz and Dana Coppa), then you’ve certainly been missing out. This song has a great video that the band shot last summer; along with
some “lost footage” that is well worth watching. I really feel that this song is a great
representation of who Fresh Cut Collective is: a group of great musicians combining their unique individual talents in a celebration of the mutual love of their craft. The result is this fabulous album that we fans get to enjoy.
“Everybody to my left, say HEY!” Just try to listen to “Errybody Get Loud” and not start moving. Again, this song is reminiscent of all the fun they always provide for us. I know I’ll be the person you pass on the road enjoying my own, mobile dance session. The album rounds out with “Go Flash”, another smooth groove, and concludes with “The Source”, an instrumental gem. FCC certainly don’t need to prove their talents (and I don’t know how a listener couldn’t be impressed by this point), and this is the perfect way to conclude such a great album.
Having the opportunity to enjoy this sneak peek before the release is one of the many reasons why I’m so grateful to be a part of Local Playlist. It’s bands like Fresh Cut Collective that allow Local Playlist to be what it is in the first place, and I’m lucky to be able to share in all the excitement. Go to the release party, get your copy of “Re-Frame (Part 1)”, and get your groove on, friends.