Atlanta native Frankie Broyles started making music alone. His earliest years were spent experimenting with sounds in his parents basement. Things began to shift at 18 when he started fronting the jittery indie-rock group Balkans. After that band went into indefinite hiatus, he joined Deerhunter as a touring guitarist and played on their last album, Monomania.
Stepping away from his supporting roles, Broyles is finally getting back to where he started, focusing on his own material. On August 21st, he’ll release his first solo 7-inch single via Lefse Records. Before it hits stores, he’s shared the A-side cut, “Capturer”.
Opening with a hollow drum loop and sparse guitar noodling, the track quickly falls into a groove. Broyles’ reverb-drenched guitar and vocals become hypnotic, swirling around the snapping beats. His melodies feel fluid, rising and falling against the hollow guitar sound. The sparse arrangement is both eerie and alluring, sounding like a cryptic home demo.
That feeling could have something to do with the song’s inception in the winter of 2012. “The band I was in at the time was coming to an end and I was trying to figure out how I could effectively perform on my own,” Broyles explains to Consequence of Sound. “I was spending a lot of time writing and rehearsing in the basement of an old, decrepit house in Druid Hills. There wasn’t a lot of room down there; moldy furniture, broken TVs, old family portraits, and taped up cardboard boxes occupied most of the space. I think this setting had a lot to do with how the songs began to take shape. This was the first thing that really stuck.”
Listen in below.
Pre-orders for the “Color Set” b/w “Capturer” 7-inch are going on now.