In 2009 Frankmusik is that rarest of pop prospects; one that has manufactured his own image and music. Complete Me
is an auteur’s album, a break-up record written about one girl. While his contemporaries use one producer for one track, one writer for another and end up with a hotch-potch of borrowed sentiments and a patchwork of production sounds, Vincent Frank wrote and produced these tracks in his bedroom in Croydon. The album is an electronic love letter, the soundtrack to an eternal summer of adolescent heartache, equal parts light and dark. With a dozen remixes to his name for everyone from avant-garde Brooklyn act Telepathe to The Pet Shop Boys; Frank has also produced two tracks on the forthcoming album by No 1 grime pop star Tinchy Stryder, as well as his debut single "Better Off As Two" reaching the upper reaches of the charts.
marks the long-awaited long-playing debut from Frankmusik, aka Vincent Frank--a former BMX rider and student at the London School Of Fashion who packed in both to become a do-it-yourself pop star. Accordingly, this is a pop music several steps away from the current stage school/talent show consensus--still invested with big choruses and billowing synthesisers, but delivered with an oddball charisma and quirky intelligence. Described by Frank as "a break-up record written about one girl", Complete Me
channels desire, loneliness and melancholy through a kaleidoscope of styles, from pristine pop--see early breakout track "Confusion Girl", here polished into a grand, strings-laden production redolent of Mika or the Pet Shop Boys--to glitched-up synth-pop ("Done Done", "3 Little Words") and mischievous mash-up ("When You’re Around", which pilfers the harpsichord line from The Stranglers’ "Golden Brown" and chops it up into stuttering new melodies). The climax, or at least a sense of closure, comes with "Vacant Heart"--an epic heartbreak number that blows up the emotions of a collapsing relationship into epic widescreen. -- Louis Pattison