"A protest song and an homage to the very idea of place."
Meet Sam Frankl. The Brixton, U.K.-bred vagabond pop newcomer dropped his debut single "Gold Rush" earlier this year. Recorded with RAK Studios producer Rob Brinkman (Mumford & Sons), the track sonically treads the line between the augmented bossa nova of Glass Animals and the romantic lyricism of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
A published poet and former editor of le cool in London, the multi-talented newcomer's works have appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Ardor, Cent Magazine and Ginosko Review. Back in 2013, he also created a video series called The Surrogate Poets, which featured strangers reading his poems. One of those that agreed to participate was famed beat poet laureate Jack Hirschman - one of his idols and a contemporary of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
For the pop upstart, socio-political issues serve as the main inspiration for his lyrics, with "Gold Rush" inspired by the housing estate crisis in the U.K., and specifically the Heygate Estate in South London -- a 5 minute walk from his flat. "It was in the process of being demolished, as it had fallen into disrepair due to systematic de-funding," Frankl explains. "Eventually only a handful of tenants remained where once 3,000 family units had lived. Those tenants refused to leave."