Hop Along

Photo Credit – Julia Khorosilov

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along is set to release her solo debut next year via the fine folks at Saddle Creek. I love Hop Along, one of my favorites around now. Much of that love is built around Quinlan’s unique and brilliant vocals. There are new sounds supporting Quinlan and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take a couple of listens to come around on it; but she’s phenomenal. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest. Here’s some more info from Saddle Creek.

With a renewed openness to explore different sounds, Quinlan supplements her typical guitar-based instrumentation with synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. The shifting and exploratory nature of these musical arrangements allow her lyrics and vocals—which have always been at the forefront of her music—to reach emotional depths like never before. Her vocal tones beckon a kaleidoscopic range of emotions across all nine songs on the album, from soft and ruminative to enraged and commanding; from conveying powerful messages to highlighting small, yet poignant, moments.

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Hop Along is Frances Quinlan (songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums). Frances Quinlan is a force of nature and her voice is one of the most unique in music today. Their last album, Painted Shut, was a truly outstanding album that only gets better with more listens. The fine folks at Saddle Creek will be releasing the album on 4/6. Here’s some info on the new album.

The album considers what it’s like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them. Quinlan has been meditating a lot on power. In this particular moment in history, this thought begs a greater question: what do we do with power and the men who so freely brandish it? “So strange to be shaped by such strange men” is a line that repeats on more than one song on the album. “I’ve been thinking about that a lot. That I just deferred to men throughout my life,” Quinlan says. “But by thinking you’re powerless, you’re really robbing yourself. I’m at a point in my life where I’m saying instead, ‘Well, what can I do?’

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