International duo Freedom Fry’s “Classic” is one of those wonderful, feel-good songs that just about anyone can fall in love with. I understand they consider themselves alt-folk, but to me, they sound like pop that just so happens to have folk elements. Very impressive pop, though. The artistic variety, not the bubble gum sort.
Now, “Classic” has uppity, folk-style guitars, mostly acoustic, and the melody itself is reminiscent of classic folk, but some of the beats are pure pop. Almost dance pop. But not quite. I think it’s a mix of live drums and programmed beats, but I could be mistaken. One thing I can say for certain is that it contains live horns and strings. There’s no way they were played on a synthesizer or programmed. Well, I suppose they could be samples, but I highly doubt it. I especially like the blend of Parisian-born Marie Seyrat and Michigan-born Bruce Driscoll’s vocals here. Lovely harmonizing. And the lyrics are amazing! Digging the references to Coca-Cola Classic and California. Suffice to say, this song has more elements to it than your average tune and a song like that can either hit or miss its ambition and this one rises high, knocking the proverbial ball out of the park and down two city blocks.