Fryars – Power
I’ve been highly anticipating this album ever since hearing Fryars’ single The Prettiest Ones Fly Highest way back in the summer. Though having been making music for a while now, Benjamin Garrett’s latest release as Fryars takes on a slightly different route than prevous work, going on the concept of a soundtrack for an unseen script for the sixteen-track album.
Before putting together the album Fryars/Garrett had written a long script which he then used to plan Power much like a film score. In his own words, this can make certain things seem a bit weird out of context, such as (Dialogue 1) and (Dialogue 2) which come across as weird interludes to the music. I think Power is an album you really benefit from knowing a bit about before listening to as it definitely helps out your appreciation a bit more when you know what’s going on between the lines.
Contrary to Prettiest Ones and Cool Like Me, much of the album takes on quite a mellow, light and, at times, twinkly tone to it. It’s an album you really need to dedicate the 40 minutes to listening to in detail as it’s simply not designed to be full of catchy hits that get you moving. Instead, each track is thoughtfully composed and constructed, making for incredibly interesting listening. Aside from songs such as Sequoia and The Power being extremely calming and relaxing the record gives you a lot to consider; similarities between songs across the album get a nice consistency going and prove that Power is really something to enjoy in full.
As far as a wider appeal goes I would wholly recommend Prettiest Ones and Cool Like Me though I think many listeners simply will not quite ‘get’ what Fryars has done. For anyone interested in music that’s hard to put a finger on I’d 100% encourage you to give Power a go.