If all goes according to plan, Canada’s Frankiie will have a new album out this year, hopefully by late summer. But that’s not stopping the all-female quartet from giving the world an early taste of what it’s up to via “Glory Me,” a new video premiering exclusively below.
And know that it sounds considerably different than the Frankiie we heard on 2015’s Girl Of Infinity — more lush and ethereal than the folkier strains of that EP.
“Honestly it’s just progression,” the Vancouver group’s Francesca Carbonneau tells Billboard. “I think we’re still getting to a point where we sound the way we envision ourselves sounding. When we started out we were all very, very new at being musicians, so coming together as a group for the first album was such a learning thing. We were more individual songwriters whereas this time around we’re developing and writing together. We’re doing a lot more jamming. And after four years we’re better with our instruments, too.”
The new activity comes after a bit of a hiatus for Frankiie. The group toured North America and Mexico to support Girl Of Infinity, but an attempted reality TV show that didn’t pan out left the four members a bit raw for the experience. “We took a bit of a break from each other, but not because we didn’t enjoy playing together,” Carbonneau says. The members explored other endeavors; Carbonneau teaches at a French immersion school in Vancouver while Nashlyn Lloyd released a solo EP. Zoe Fuhr started a fashion line and Samantha Lankester worked and surfed on a nearby island community. “We never really split. We were always chatting. We’re literally, like, best friends, which is nice. I would say we were just a little uninspired and didn’t know where we were going. Then, all of a sudden we had written some songs and started recording again. It felt like we had more happening and more of a vision and we just got super-excited.”
The sessions have taken place with producer Jason Corbett in Los Angeles. The group has four songs done so far and is headed back in this month to work on seven more with Corbett and another two the Frankiie members plan to produce themselves.
Carbonneau wrote “Glory Me,” taking on the modest subject of mortality. “I had come in one day after being out and it was late, and I was playing guitar by myself and those words came out — ‘What will I be when I die?'” she recalls. “It’s just something that speaks about my thoughts on death. I think about it a lot, how close in proximity we are to death but a lot of the time we feel so invincible. It’s those existential things — What is death? What is it going to feel like when I die? Does it happen peacefully? I can’t escape the thought, sometimes, about how close death is at any time, but that also reminds you of how much you love people and how life is so precious.”
Frankiie will log some road time during the spring, though “nothing too crazy” according to Carbonneau. The group is looking forward to more extensive touring during the summer, when it plans to start showcasing the new album. “The songs are pretty much done and we’ll have the bulk of everything recorded by then,” she says. “We’re really excited to have more material to play. Our last record only had six songs, and we really want people to hear what we’ve been doing and how much we’ve grown since then.”