Frances Quinlan — Likewise (Jan. 31, 2020)                 Frances Quinlan — Likewise (Jan. 31, 2020) Hawktail — Formations (Jan. 10, 2020)
✹   Opakuje linii v celé písni „Rare Thing“ a zakrývá svůj hlas kolem slov pokaždé trochu jinak, jako by se pokoušela rozmotat, co to znamená pečovat o sebe a ostatní s velkorysostí.
✹   Likewise will be the Philly~based songwriter’s first release post~full~band, repurposing her unmistakable vocals over electronic beats and flourishes, as heard on lead single “Rare Thing.” With “synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards” promised throughout the record, the album — produced by bandmate Joe Reinhart — promises plenty of left turns from the indie~pop bandleader.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Album release: January 31, 2020
Record Label: Saddle Creek
Duration:     34:43
01 Piltdown Man   3:16
02 Your Reply   4:20
03 Rare Thing   3:31
04 Detroit Lake   3:23
05 A Secret   4:41
06 Went to LA   3:57
07 Lean   3:52
08 Now That I’m Back   3:19
09 Carry the Zero (Built To Spill Cover)   4:24
✹   Produced by Joe Reinhart and Frances Quinlan
✹   Engineered by Joe Reinhart at Headroom in Philadelphia (“A Secret” and “Went to LA” engineered by Kyle Pulley and Joe Reinhart)
✹   Mixed by Joe Reinhart and Ryan Schwabe
✹   Mastered by Ryan Schwabe
✹   Johanna Buamann
✹   Eric James Guy Friedman
✹   Danny Murillo
✹   Alex Melendez
✹   Chance Halter
✹   Hank Byerly
✹   All songs by Frances Quinlan, Pintail Rendezvous Enterprises (ASCAP), except for “Carry the Zero” by Doug Martsch, All Smiles (ASCAP) / Universal Music — MGB Songs (ASCAP)”
✹  Album artwork by Frances Quinlan, with assistance on layout by Jadon Ulrich and Nick Tazza.  Frances Quinlan, lead singer of Hop Along
✹   Hop Along began as an acoustic freak folk solo project in 2004, during Frances Quinlan’s senior year in high school, then known as Hop Along, Queen Ansleis and eventually resulted in the release of the album Freshman Year in the summer of 2005. Three years later, in 2008, drummer Mark Quinlan (Frances Quinlan’s brother) joined the project, followed by bassist Tyler Long in 2009. In light of the new formation, the name was shortened, possibly to better reflect the change from solo project to full band. Thus far, Hop Along has released one EP, Wretches, in 2009, and one full~length LP, entitled Get Disowned, which was released on May 5, 2012 to a highly positive critical response from independent music press. During the this time, Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader) was added on second guitar. In October 2014, Hop Along signed to indie rock label Saddle Creek Records, releasing Painted Shut in 2015. Hop Along’s third album Bark Your Head Off, Dog was released in 2018, incorporating strings and more varied instrumentation, as well as a brighter, more expansive sound. Read more on User~contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By~SA License; additional terms may apply.
✹   “We should try again to talk,” Frances Quinlan writes. It not just a lyric — it’s a suggestion, a warning, a plea, a wish. This request is woven throughout Likewise, her forthcoming solo album, amidst dramatically shifting motifs. Some are jubilant, some are dreamy and abstract, and a few are sinister, but within each dark void that Quinlan explores, there is a light peering back at her.
✹   Frances Quinlan has built an identity for herself over the past decade as the lead songwriter and front~woman of the Philadelphia~based band Hop Along, and her distinct voice is among the most recognizable and inimitable in music. While the band began as Quinlan’s solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise (out January 31st on Saddle Creek) is Quinlan's debut under her own name. To make the record, she enlisted the virtuosic skills of her bandmate Joe Reinhart, and together they produced the album at his studio, The Headroom, recording in stints over the course of a year.
✹   With a renewed openness to explore different sounds, Quinlan supplements her typical guitar~based instrumentation with synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. The shifting and exploratory nature of these musical arrangements allow her lyrics and vocals — which have always been at the forefront of her music — to reach emotional depths like never before. Her vocal tones beckon a kaleidoscopic range of emotions across all nine songs on the album, from soft and ruminative to enraged and commanding; from conveying powerful messages to highlighting small, yet poignant, moments.
✹   Quinlan is a voyaging songwriter. Throughout Likewise, she confronts what confounds her in the hopes that she will come out on the other side with a better sense of what it is to be human. She presents listeners with a complicated, albeit spirited vision of what it could mean to truly engage with another person, to give a small piece of oneself over to someone else without expectation. Although such is likely to be a lifelong effort, these songs prove evident that light can still permeate from unsettling depths.