Frank + Derol
is a duo that's not what it seems. Comprised of Codi Caraco and Brandi Cyrus (yes, she of the Billy Ray clan), Frank + Derol released their self-titled EP this month, a four-song collection of upbeat, bright indie pop in the vein of artists like Ellie Goulding. We got the inkling that there was a whole lot more than mainstream pop going on here, so we asked Caraco and Cyrus to make us a list of influences and favorites. From classical to Matchbox Twenty, here is this week's T.G.I. Mixtape.
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(feat. Alan Palomo
) - "Holidays" - Illumination
I heard this song for the first time in 2010 when someone made me a
mix CD. I've been hearing it a lot lately. I get so excited when DJs
play it. This one never fails to make you want todance. It makes me
feel so good and brings back nice memories.
- "Polichinelle in F Sharp Minor" - Morceaux de Fantaisie
It's so inspiring. This particular piece is one of my favorites at
the moment. It was written in 1892 and is part of Morceaux de
Fantaisie, which means fantasy pieces. It is pretty fantastical.
- "Mr. Quiche"
I can't really get enough of this song. Voices are so good and so is
the keyboard stuff. It's chill and dancey.
(feat. Thom Yorke) - "...And The World Laughs With You" - Cosmogramma
I saw Flying Lotus DJ this year. By far my favorite DJ I've seen. This
song is really cool. I guess you can't really go wrong with a Thom
- "1979" - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
These lyrics are unbelievable. I never realized it until I read
through them recently. It reads like poetry. Try it!
- "Time Is Running Out" - Absolution
Anytime I hear this song I remember how much I freaking love it. The beat, the guitars, Matt's vocals.... it's a perfect combo and one heck of a great alternative rock song. I especially love the transition from the first chorus into the second verse which then focuses appropriately on the dramatic lyrics that I think anyone would enjoy singing along to in amoment of desperation.
- "Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)" - Love Is Hell
I suppose you can't put this song on a playlist without giving credit to Oasis where credit is due, but I must say that out of all the bands and artists that cover this song, no one does it like Ryan Adams.It's funny because the original version is pretty upbeat, but to me Ryan's despondent, somewhat ominous version of this song does great justice for these incredibly poetic lyrics.
- "Letting You Let Go" - The Peace of Wild Things
I've been anticipating the release of this band's new record all year. From the production to the melody and lyrics, this track is an A++ for me. If you've ever been in a relationship where the scales are uneven and you know you love them more, then this song will punch you in the gut in such a good way. Not to mention it'll be stuck in your head for days.
- "Dare You To Move" - The Beautiful Letdown
Literally from the moment that acoustic the guitar comes in I feel inspired by this song. No one does a better job of singing such honesty in a beautifully non-threatening way than Jon Forman. My favorite line in this song is, "maybe forgiveness is right where you fell" and by the time that last chorus ends I feel like anything is possible and I'm ready to take on the world.
- "Push" - Yourself or Someone Like You
The 90's fanatic comes out in me anytime this song comes on. I love how Rob Thomas can tell such a detailed story with a three andhalf minute song. It's hard to pick just one to mention, but this song is pretty iconic.