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Review: Eric Frisch channels unrefined emotions on ‘Head Up in the Clouds’

Opening his three-track project with the honesty of being unsure for most of his life, the vulnerability and dignity that the Toronto-native musician shows he is error-prone, or just human.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

 

Opening his three-track project with the honesty of being unsure for most of his life, the vulnerability and dignity that the Toronto-native musician Eric Frisch shows he is error-prone, or just human.

Eric Frisch
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Why did it take him his whole life to figure out what he wants? We’re unsure, but according to the steadfast lyrics, nothing will take him off of his path (or change who he is) now. He keeps his head up in the clouds, which probably means, you won’t get his attention if you aren’t in the clouds too. To add to that, to focus is a good thing. However, when you’re a tunnel-vision individual, if you aren’t careful, you might miss out on life-changing opportunities. It’s good to level up. It is also a great thing to check your surroundings; to be in the know about what’s happening on all levels.

Are we living in a space and time where instant gratification and clout, jades our perceptions of what love is supposed to be? Maybe. Or it isn’t as layered as we think. Look, I don’t have the answers, but so far, a few minutes into the record, the male vocalist—Eric Frisch—has asked Angeline one too many questions (that I hope are rhetorical) that aren’t about her.

Unfortunately, the notion doesn’t occur until the fifty-one-second mark. ‘Angeline’ is all about her, as a song named after someone should. After listening to it four times, the line about waiting on the ocean floor for her showed me how deep his love is. Not to mention, he sings the word ‘you’ repeatedly.

Finally, ‘I Can’t Sing with a Broken Heart’ questions a special lover about possibly loving another man, or him. Can you imagine facing someone you love to ask that question? Would you be able to ask without becoming overwhelmed and hyperemotional? Personally, I am not sure how I would be. Nonetheless, I would have the courage to inquire. Eric Frisch and I have yet to meet. Ironically, I feel like I’ve gotten a crash course to his heart and soul. Some may debate this, but I think that’s the way artistry ought to be—especially for a recording artist who is looking to increase their visibility and to gain more fans. Opening yourself from the start is encouraged. You will connect with others, faster.

The last record—especially—reminds me of Christian hymns and songs that choirs sing in church. There’s something religious about the instrumentation and the reverb on the vocals.


Written by Richardine Bartee

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