MP3 of the Day #138: Liam Frost (feat. Martha Wainwright)

By on Tuesday, 5th January 2010 at 10:00 am

You could be forgiven for not knowing 25-year-old Mancunian alternative/folk artist Liam Frost (pictured above), but if you haven’t heard of Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright (younger sister of Rufus), then you must be living under a rock. While Frost (real name Liam Pickering) can easily stand on his own as a singer-songwriter, it’s the addition of Wainwright that really makes ‘Your Hand in Mine’ engaging.

Frost was previously hailed by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes.” And indeed, Frost’s past recordings have had a bleak outlook similar to those of Conor Oberst’s due to their focus on the death of Frost’s father and brother. However, according to the biography on Frost’s website there was a concerted effort with his most recent album, ‘We Ain’t Got Money, Honey, But We Got Rain’, “to create an unashamedly upbeat record.” He says, “the last album had so many bleak moments. I’m only 25 and I wanted to make a fun record before I hit 30.

And ‘Your Hand in Mine’ is nothing if not fun, with bouncy piano and ebullient singing from beginning to end. Frost takes the first verse, complaining in a smooth voice about Wainwright’s hesitance, singing, “don’t bring your caution to my door / you’re like a damsel in chains on the track / praying for a train, going nowhere fast” . Wainwright takes the second verse, agreeing: “we’re frozen as we stand here…I read each book from its end to beginning / and when I’m good, I’m only good at sinning” . But when they sing together in the chorus, the energy and excitement in their voices perfectly portrays their joy at getting past Wainwright’s resistance and giving in to the feeling of “your hand in mine” . They’re quite literally “screaming out” about it, and far from detracting from the song, the slight inharmony in their voices ads a brazen edge to the song, speaking to their new found confidence in their relationship.

All in all, ‘Your Hand in Mine’ is a perfectly crafted pop song, the kind where talented musicians match the form to the content and have so much fun doing it that you can’t help but sing along. It’s well worth a listen below and a purchase on 18th January.

MP3: Liam Frost (featuring Martha Wainwright) – Your Hand in Mine

‘Your Hand in Mine’ will be released on 18th January 2010 on Emperor Records.

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