Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Frank Moyo and the trope free loveliness of "Beach House"

"it's just that I don't care..."

Beach House by Toronto based singer-songwriter Frank Moyo feels almost timeless and, in a way, genre-less. It just is. It is one of those beautiful songs full of longing and passionate vocals done up in it's kind of classic blend of that touches on folk, roots, blues and more and by saying genre-less earlier I mean to suggest that it is so classic and free of current indie tropes. As music styles shift from this to that, you hear artists, you hear songs full of indie tropes, or common tired synthwave affectations or heavy metal tropes and / or folk tropes and let's not forget commercial pop tropes (whatever). You hear the things you would expect to hear. Moyo doesn't jump on those current trends or even past ones. He just does his own thing in a lovely way.

-Robb Donker Curtius


Frank Moyo is a slow player in a fast world. The Canadian-Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist serenades like a busking bard of the 21st century. His Waves EP and singles “OK Dolce” and “West End” have already cultivated a reputation for Moyo in his hometown. But describing the singer as a suave, smooth and sultry voice with soft hands on the strings is too simple. Discussing feeling with the artist is more candid. “I want people to be able to imagine they are on a beach in Italy when listening to my music,” he says. But while one track might take you to the beach, “another may take you into a car going 180 miles per hour.”

Growing up in Toronto Moyo first learned chords as a child, picking up what he could from family, friends and later the live shows he could get into. It wasn’t long until his bandmates and him we’re sneaking into their own performances. With a taste that meanders from Motown to James Brown and Isaac Hayes to Italian icons like Lucio Dalla and Toto Cutugno, Moyo’s sound is hard to pin down. The folk- informed rhythms that Moyo employs on tracks like “OK Dolce” mingle with pop sensibilities and the laws of ancient attraction that seem as rooted in Greek mythology as they do Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.

As things speed up in an industry that’s begging to slow down, Frank Moyo is a voice of reason, and it sounds good.

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