“Frances Luke Accord with their peaceful piece, are here to take away all the tension and anxiety. Fabulous delicate singing voices and a background of Folk at its best mix, offered for your mind relaxation.”

Frances Luke Accord’s next body of work, the Sunnyside EP, will be available to the world on March 19, 2021. The first track on that upcoming release, “Maria,” is available now for you to preview. "Maria" went through many iterations (including an earlier release from 2018), before capturing this version. The atmosphere of emptiness and calm we were able to achieve this time around lends the song a richer synchrony between lyrics and music, and better exposes the spiritual center of the song's narrative arc. Or so we feel!

When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.

Reviewed by Nagamag on 
April 3, 2021

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