Frank & Tony ‘Ethos’

Artist: Frank & Tony
Title: Ethos
Label: Scissor and Thread
Cat. #: SAT064LP
Format: Digital, 2 x vinyl
Release Date: 22.03.2024
A1. Olympia (with Eliana Glass)
A2. Ethos (with Darand Land)
B1. Too Poor For Movies, Too Tired For Love (with Lawrence)
B2. Nobody Present Ever Stood So Still
C1. By The End They Will
C2. Cecile (with Eliana Glass)
D1. Drift (with DJ Aakmael)
D2. From Life Ahead
D3. Continuity

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Anthony Collins and Francis Harris meet again for the creation of the long composition ‘Ethos’ (ancient Greek origin word, with different meanings such as moral nature, character, beliefs of a person or group). This is the second album they ever made together, the first one (‘You Go Girl’) was published in far 2014: after ten years the artists put their efforts in a great and inspirational way. As overall the sound motifs recall the style proposed in their last EPs like ‘Dream Vibration’, ‘Eastern Meantimes‘ and ‘Understanding’, proposing rich and fulfilling waves and frequencies. ‘Ethos’ is a sensorial experience, that reveals a contemplative and self-reflective nature during the playback. Eliana Grass gets two features, her vocals play on the opener ‘Olympia’ and ‘Cecile’: these two productions are potentially two of the best makings of the album, without detracting relevance from the other tracks. Deep house, house and dub techno are the main notable styles, build with dinky and embracing instrumentals.

“House music has always been an expression of political desire as it often was the only safe space for communities to come together in ways that society at large disallowed,” Harris enthuses. “The same energy in the ‘90s could be found in parts of the punk & hardcore scene. Countercultures exist to create temporary autonomous zones of desire outside of dominant narratives that are roadblocks to creation. We have always been inspired by these countercultural movements and the Frank & Tony project is deeply influenced by it.”

“We’re only able to make house music because of the vast legacy of producers from New York, Detroit and Chicago who laid the foundation for what we do today,” Collins divulges. “In many ways it can never really live up to that legacy as our art is born out of privilege rather than necessity to create spaces of political desire in the face of marginalization. So what does this mean? We take that legacy very seriously and we want our stamp on this history to resonate with current and future generations as a bridge to the real history behind it.”

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