London-based singer Frenchie has unveiled her latest helping of jazz-infused sophistication under the guise of The Naked Eye, entitled ‘River Of No Return’. Following previous singles ‘Embrace Me’ and ‘Sweet Boy’, which garnered strong support from a selection of the top Hype Machine listed blogs and BBC Introducing, this new cut marks a turning point for the project. Preparations are being made for the release of a debut EP in 2016, and having already recorded a session for Daytrotter that was handpicked as one of their favourites from 2014, we’re soon to be reminded why The Naked Eye played to a packed out Ronnie Scott’s at the start of the year.
Showcasing a noticeably more expansive production, ’River Of No Return’ is the first track to be lifted from the forthcoming EP and sees Frenchie’s songwriting brought to new heights by the dialogue between acoustic and electronic sounds. She explains how ‘the track was inspired by a personal experience and one of my favourite artists, Amy Winehouse. I was really drawn to Amy for many reasons, her unique musicality, honest vulnerability, sharp wit and tragedy.’ With the result of a late night studio jam forming the chilling gospel outro, we’re given a glimpse of what’s to come as the 6 track EP is fused together by more of these remarkable hidden interludes.
The Naked Eye is a unique collaborative project centred around singer Frenchie and the raw emotion she brings to her songwriting. Working with a collective of friends and musicians, her creations are realised and transformed into something truly sublime and immersive. Alan Emptage (Nina Simone, Arcade Fire, Joss Stone) is on mixing and mastering duties for the EP while Charlie P (production/guitar) injects his hip-hop influenced studio trickery into the rhythm section, made up of Jim Macrae (drums/percussion), Andres Castellanos (bass) and Tim Sentance (keys/synths).