Frank + Derol is a duo consisting of two ladies, Codi Caraco and Brandi Cyrus. The duo originates from Los Angeles, CA. As many may know, Brandi Cyrus is the half sister of pop-sensation Miley Cyrus, and after this EP it’s safe to say that there is definitely some competition for which Cyrus is the most musically talented. Five years ago the two met on a national tour and started writing music together and from there Frank + Derol was born. Their first EP dropped earlier this month and I had the pleasure of reviewing it.
The first track on the album, “Let It Go”, has an indie-pop vibe. The song is about, just like the title explains, just letting it go. One of the lines in the song says “If you’re holding on today just let it go.” And the beat and vibe of the song create the feeling of just that. With an upbeat melody the song creates a life care-free feeling in the listener.
The next song on the EP “Apparition”, explained by Codi, “is about the stress of life, and realizing that everything you feel and everything that you are is inside of your own head and your own heart," she said. "It's about having the power to choose love and light, to find happiness in every moment instead of letting darkness pull you under." The music of the song creates a feeling of almost an alternate reality that makes you look inside yourself and examine the choices of each day and what kind of mood you are portraying. This song has kind of an Ellie Goulding vibe to it and definitely conveys its message well.
From there, the EP transitions into the third song “Barely Love You Too”. This song gives off a very relaxed vibe. The lyrics explain that it’s a situation where one person is head over heals for the other one but they just play it off like it’s not really a big deal that they are barely in love. The verses of the song explain everything one individual loves about the other one and then the courses is this “Oh, yeah I barely love you.” It’s a song that is easily relatable. The music does nothing but support the casual feel of the song with the easygoing use of the drum and the steadiness of the tempo.
The last song on the EP and probably my favorite, is “Lightning+Gold”. With the hopeful tone of the music in the background and build up to the explosion in the chorus, this song does exactly that- build up hope. Explaining that they have lightning and gold alludes that they’ve got it all, which is a very hopeful message.
This EP was a tremendous step for these Los Angeles girls. This was perfect addition to the current indie-pop genre that is taking the music industry by storm. This EP gives listeners a selection of songs that they can listen to on a long drive, a beautiful day, or just to relax. These ladies definitely created a hit with this EP and we absolutely cannot wait to hear more of their raw, inspiring talent in the future. I want to extend my congratulations to these girls for their obvious effort on taking time to create something that would be a hit. They totally rocked it and I will definitely be jamming out to this EP all the time!