The latest song by Frank Joshua, “Patent Leather Car,” takes listeners on a dreamy journey through a retro-infused dream pop soundscape with subtle percussive elements that seamlessly blend together to create a cohesive mix. The title refers to the famous London taxicab, in a song about fear and love and finding solace in something you know probably isn’t good for you. The 4th track of Frank coming 3rd album, Patent Leather Car takes a gentle trip around the dance floor with wistful abandon.
The use of stereo imaging is particularly noteworthy in “Patent Leather Car.” The placement of different elements throughout the stereo field creates a sense of depth and space, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music. The carefully balanced frequency spectrum ensures that each element finds its rightful place, providing clarity and enhancing the overall listening experience.
Frank’s vocals in “Patent Leather Car” are a highlight, exuding a dreamy quality that adds to the song’s mystical atmosphere. The effects applied in post-production enhance this dream-like quality, further drawing the listener into the introspective mood of the track. The vocals float effortlessly over the lush instrumentation, intertwining with the music and conveying the emotions expressed in the lyrics.
Speaking of the lyrics, “Patent Leather Car” explores themes of solitude, longing, and the complex dynamics of a past relationship. The lyrics evoke a sense of nostalgia and reflect upon the consequences of going too far in pursuit of love. While the lyrics themselves are concise, they leave a lasting impact and resonate with listeners who have experienced similar emotions.
“Patent Leather Car” would find a fitting place in movies that capture a similar dreamy and nostalgic atmosphere. It would be a great addition to films like “Lost in Translation” and “The Virgin Suicides.” In “Lost in Translation,” the track would enhance the sense of longing and emotional connection between the characters, while in “The Virgin Suicides,” it would add to the atmospheric and dream-like quality of the narrative, amplifying the film’s themes of adolescence and unrequited love.
Overall, Frank Joshua has created a beautifully crafted dream pop gem that showcases the artist’s talent for creating a mesmerizing sonic world. The song is surely a step forward in consolidating the artist’s name as one of the pioneers of electronic dream pop in the global indie music industry. The song also features a music video that follows the transformation of an old car from a wreck to a new life.