Joe GransingerSaturday,13 July 2013

The Snap:

Just a few months ago, Fryars — the project of 22-year old British singer-songwriter Ben Garrett — released a video for On Your Own, the seriously sad and heartbreaking first single from his upcoming album.

However, the emotions are dramatically shifted with Cool Like Me, as the new track pumps out a combination of fast beats and dubbed vocals that create a much happier, more radio-friendly sound. Fryars’ full-length LP is expected to be out later this year.

The Download:

There’s nothing groundbreaking about Cool Like Me. The sound is incredibly familiar, the vocals aren’t really amazing, the beats aren’t mind-blowing, and auto-tuned vocals have been beaten into the ground since 2005. But somehow, it works. And it works quite well.

Everything that’s done on the single is executed wonderfully. It may not revolutionize music, but that doesn’t stop it from sounding really damn good. The end result is like combining bits and pieces of Phoenix with the crisp, repeating, and catchy beats of Daft Punk.

It’s clear that the production of the two singles were not done half-assedly, and you can tell that a lot of time, effort, and thought went into the quality of the tracks.

Fryars also did a quick live session for HungerTV, where he showed off a rehearsal version of Sequoia  – another track from the forthcoming album – which is remarkably good for a live performance.

The video for On Your Own is super depressing, but if you enjoy watching girls cry, it’s worth checking out… I guess.

And if you don’t like seeing tears pour down the faces of young women, Cool Like Me is much happier to the ears (and eyes), and can be heard below.

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Soundcloud, Fryars, Image Credit: Flickr

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