FRNGE makes great music, playing in the places that are dark and twisted. The Cape Town-based, Pretoria-born producer and Wet Dreams Recordings stablemate’s latest is a deconstruction of his previous sound, and follows January’s EDITS – a collection of edits and remixes that upended pop electronica into some mean soundscapes. This record, Distorted Songs for Distorted People, is a release, 12 minutes of lo-fi beats and ambience for the pain, breaking space open, throwing things around and releasing every time you feel you cannot keep up or stay.
Skin Picker opens the EP and introduces us to the inner machinations of an emotive, sometime racing mind; raging, raving, falling, flying. Your God is Too Small is for the ravers and it is followed by Fever Dream, the first single, which presents a cacophony of sounds deftly falling over each other. Voices, chanting, chatting, screaming. These beautiful compositions provide excellent opportunities to dance your heart out and arrive somewhere lighter than before.
"These beautiful compositions provide excellent opportunities to dance your heart out and arrive somewhere lighter than before"
011 closes the project, an homage to the majestic Johannesburg. The artist’s city of birth. A collage of South African accents chatting about things of the night life over stirring chords. A beautiful closing to a sincerely refreshing ride. Distorted Songs for Distorted People is a necessary addition to the electronic catalogue from FRNGE.
Words by Oratile Mashazi.
Artwork by Kyle Kemink.