LET’s be honest. We have all experienced those awkward moments. Coming out of a public toilet with toilet roll attached to your heel, catching your trainer on an uneven curb and the whole world witnessing, knocking a glass over in your local and being greeted with what seems a million ‘waheys.’ The list is endless.
As with everyday awkward situations, Frank Hamilton‘s lyrics are simple, yet relatable. “You’re a dick, but I love you,” introduces Songs We Fall Asleep To. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say everyone has been in a position to say that.
What If questions literally everything. Happy being a channel we could choose, God being just a bus driver, love being sold in shops. More of a hindsight record than Frank Hamilton’s One Song A Week project, it is clear that the the core are love songs.
Instead of being downbeat and glum, though, Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward is a juxtaposed 13-track upbeat and jaunty album. Synths, catchy riffs, giddy vocals and a general pop-fused party atmosphere smother the album, giving indie-pop a new lease of life.
Long-term fans will recognise A.O.T.C and Had Enough from his earlier releases, but they have been doused in a jangly shell and therefore fit so naturally into the overall record that as an outsider you would not know the difference. It is well worth looking at Frank Hamilton’s back catalogue and falling in love with his 52 One Song A Week releases, his attempt at recording an EP on The London Eye and his DIY approach to releasing music.
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