“Two Fish” by Francis Eden captures music in a state we don’t often experience anymore. The things we hear on a day-to-day basis can be overproduced and overcomplicated–but this song feels genuinely organic. A delightfully detuned piano, a simple drum groove, and some bright strings make up the meat of it while Francis delivers a soft, quirky performance on top. If you like Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, She & Him, or the soundtrack to the film “Juno,” “Two Fish” is going to be right up your alley.
We’re greeted by some major piano chords, perfectly plunking out simple yet effective rhythms. Francis comes in rather quickly, gracing us with her unique, warm vocals. The combination of everything feels almost a bit bluesy so far, which in turn, gives it a retro effect. After a slew of imagery-laden lyrics, the drums and strings pile in. The chord values thicken as melodic motifs join the blocked-out clusters. “When you’re around, you’re like oxygen to me,” Francis croons sweetly, deepening the yearning, lovey-dovey themes she’s already so meticulously built.
Fast-forward to the ending, which culminates in a few minor tags. Finally, with a return to the lone piano, it fades out. If you’re not left with a huge grin on your face, you’re doing something wrong. This track is joy incarnate. Francis Eden’s voice and songwriting skills shine so vividly in this format. Give her a follow and a download if you like what you hear! You’ll be glad you got to know this wonderfully individualistic artist.
Written by Alyce Lindberg
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