An Awkward Social’s new EP is un-cohesive in the most pleasing way
Rapid-fire, well-honed production of the electronic foundation gives way to bizarrely off-kilter vocals and I blink. Oh. This is the awkward part.
OK, perhaps not awkward as such, but certainly something strange. Pretoria-hailing Franco Bolleurs is a solo artist and producer – taking on the scene beneath the moniker of An Awkward Social. His social media pages brand him as “The world’s most band” – and I’m not sure what that is, but I’m guessing he’s the one to watch.
He throws expertly produced electronism together with seamless grace, over which he layers vocals which either match up, or decidedly don’t – depending on his mood.
“Feeling” is steeped in sentimentality and gradually builds to become a whirling low-key electro-rock offering. “Better” hones in on percussive synths and flat-line vocals which scrape witheringly against the ear and then suddenly don’t.
Then from the fluid bars of “Hopeful and Offensive” to the ode to anonymity of “Incognito”, he marries compelling melody with something purposefully not quite right and somehow the wildly off-kilter mash-up becomes quite tasty.