Single Review: Brooke Fraser – ‘Psychosocial’2 min read
With a musical career spanning over a decade, New Zealand born Brooke Fraser has achieved great success as a delightful folk-pop singer-songwriter. She became a favourite for kiwi fans with the release of her debut album, What To Do With Daylight, in 2003, and has since gained international acclaim, releasing three platinum albums and touring with rock legends David Bowie and John Mayer.
However, with the release of her newest single, Psychosocial, off her upcoming 4th record, Brooke Fraser seems to have abandoned her folk roots, stepping out in a new direction.
Four years since the release of her latt studio album, Flags, the singer has challenged her nice girl reputation in favour of a more mature and bold sound that is both eerie and engaging. Recorded in London with the help of producer and Bat For Lashes collaborator, David Kosten, Psychosocial is an atmospheric address to the experience of social media, with dark undertones.
The simplistic verses rely solely on Brooke Fraser’s eloquent vocals and a heavy drum beat, but contrast stunningly with a chorus of epic proportions. Joined by a haunting choral group, she demonstrates her vocal abilities with powerful lyrics that encourage you to chant along, and uses emotive imagery to express her take on modern society’s connectivity.
A vast contrast to Brooke Fraser’s previous sound, Psychosocial seems to be a momentous step outside her comfort zone, but this challenge she has set for herself is paying off and the songstress seems once again headed for success.