Scandinavian charmer Marie Frank has delighted music fans since the release of her popular 1999 debut album “Ancient Pleasures” (BMG/RCA). Two Top 10 hits, an international dance floor smash as Frankee with “Under The Water”, and two arms full of Danish Grammys made for a pretty good year.In 2001, her second CD “Vermilion” (BMG/RCA) brought music fans throughout Europe more of the same … only better. In a daring display of independence, Marie Frank broke with hersuccessful major-label past to follow her bliss.
And in 2003, her bliss was recording a mini-album of songs by the New Yorkrockpoet Neill C. Furio. One respected writer called “Swimmingly” (FRANKLY SPINNING MUSIC) “deeply demure and wonderfully wry.”It also made fans out of such alt.luminaries as Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb and Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. Such fans, in fact, that Howe invited Marie along to sing with him on a tour of Europe and the States. (That’s Marie squeezing Blood Orange on his solo album “The Listener.”) Then Wagner invited her and her band to open for Lambchop on their swing through Scandinavia.
“Where The Wind Turns The Skin To Leather,” (FSM) was Marie Frank’s 2005 full-length follow-up to the dreamy EP “Swimmingly”and the Danish music press was singing the five-star album’s praises. “Ave Marie!” one journalist wrote. “You hold your breath in anticipation of what each next song will bring and, by album’s end, are rewarded with an intense sense of release.”
The compelling songs, the glow, the commitment, and the sense of being in sync with the audience still match with Marie and her 2010 release “Pop Your Wheeze” (APRON) was long waited and very well received. Written and co-produced with her husband, and recorded with him and the rest of the current Giant Sand line-up, one critic called it “Marie’s best to date”. Since then she has been playing shows and have had another (live) baby…