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Lies For Sale by Franklin Gotham

Album: Lies For Sale

Artist: Franklin Gotham

Genre: #Alternative

Sub-Genres: #synth-rock-pop, #powerpop

Label: Jivin Jones Records

Non-Airable Tracks: None


With a hint of country vibes, this well written and produced album has easily become one of my favorites. While it is a short album consisting of only 4 tracks, each song has a unique quirk. Track 3 especially reminds me of a comedic Sunday morning cartoon–think Bugs Bunny and Road Runner. Track 2 reminded me of a scene from Ella Enchanted–a medieval fairtyale–a picture of a young farm girl frolicking from the field in the back of her cottage towards town square with a twin basket. On the contrary, Track 1 is a more “modern” love song that takes place in space. I can’t help but see a crop field on the moon…after thinking about it some more, I attribute the country vibes to the vocalist who has a hint of a southern accent.

Overall, I really enjoy Franklin Gotham’s storytelling through his music. Each track seemed to be influenced by a certain “sound” of another type of method of storytelling: cartoon, fairytale, folksong with a modern twist.

Sounds Like: Joe Jackson, Death Cab for Cutie, Vampire Weekend

Recommended Tracks: 

  1. 1-Drunk Valentine: a sparkly space love song

  2. 2- Selling You a Lie: a beautiful acoustic ballad reminding me of a fairytale in the countryside

Reviewer’s Name: Hibah Ilyas

Date of Review: 4/1/19

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