Splitting their time between Brighton and London, indie-pop quartet Foundlings are, by anyone’s standards, having a brilliant year. After signing to not-for-profit label, Last Night From Glasgow, the band released their debut EP back in March, followed by packed out launch shows in London and Glasgow, and a high-profile, Church Stage closing set at Indietracks. Foundlings are currently in the studio working on their debut album, aimed for release at the end of 2020. Ahead of that, and with a handful of upcoming dates to promote, today we’re sharing the band’s cover of I Love You All, a track lifted from the soundtrack of the 2014 film, Frank.
As you probably remember, Frank was inspired by Chris Sievey’s character Frank Sidebottom, and Foundlings are fans both of the film as well as Chris Sievey’s music, so this cover serves as a homage to both. The tribute continues into the video, which finds Foundlings creating their own, “Frank Head”, and running riot on the streets of Brighton.
Like all the best covers, Foundlings’ take on I Love You All pushes both the sound of the original and the sound of the band in new directions. While the original combined Michael Fassbender’s surprisingly Scott Walker-like spoken word vocal, with unnerving organ and Beatles-like psych guitars, Foundling’s version inhabits an entirely different musical universe. While the band have previously shown themselves to be masters of pristine, shimmering indie-pop, there’s an additional snarl to this cut; Amber’s vocals lightly distort in the louder moments, as the drums leap into the foreground, and over-driven guitars add a weighty propulsion to the track. They even throw in a roaring guitar solo, hammering home that this is Foundlings at their rawest, most creative and most intriguing. If you weren’t already excited about Foundlings’ debut album, this show of musical endeavour and inventiveness might just be their most convincing statement to date.
I Love You All is out October 18th via Last Night From Glasgow. Click HERE for more information on Foundlings.