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Single Review: FrolicNight – “Letters to You”

FrolicNight is an alternative rock sextet from the Philippines. The band initially made their national television debut on popular music channel MYX in 2007, just one year after formation, performing “D-Day” on the show MYX Bandarito. While on hiatus in 2010, they refined their craft, extending their influence scope beyond the pop punk that catalyzed their presence. After a decade in incubation, FrolicNight returned with their aptly-titled debut EP, Dawn, in late 2020, introducing matured, string-based acoustic leanings alongside their signature pop punk foundation. On February 28th, the band released their follow-up single, “Letters to You,” to streaming platforms, marking their first release for 2021.

Much like their debut, “Letters to You” carries an acoustic-driven sound, combining raw guitar textures with a continued sense of accessibility. As the main chord sequence progresses, I appreciate how the subtly implemented reverb, as well as the warmth within the passive and active presence of the strings, contributes to the general instrumental involvement. Thematically, the song is written from the perspective of the band’s frontman, Zaltar Velez, as a commemoration of he and his wife’s 18-year anniversary, which accentuates its poignancy factor. The way he utilizes this is of especial note, as he seamlessly shifts focus from endurance through hardships of the past to a present-day clean slate of optimism and gratitude. Based on the band’s current activity, they are clearly focused on transforming the depth and nuance of their presentation, and I look forward to experiencing how their revamped output grows in the same way.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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