I’ve had a chance to listen to Fran’s debut album, “A Private Picture,” multiple times now. The more I listen, the more I like it. So far two cuts have been posted. Here’s a third, “So Surreal.”
Amanda Gersten at Paste E-zine says:
With bouncy riffs, a chirpy chorus and just a hint of melancholy, “So Surreal” feels like a fitting soundtrack to a breezy day—or a daydream, as Jacobson explains in a statement:
“So Surreal” is about daydreaming. There’s a huge disconnect between the world we create in our minds and the external world. In our minds, we jump from scene to scene, we see ourselves as more than and less than we are. We are constantly imagining the possibilities of relationships, dreams, jobs, pursuits. You have to be a Buddhist monk to just walk down the street. Our daydreams have real power and can transform our lives—but they also pull us out of the momentum of what’s happening. This song tries to capture that frenzy of being pulled in too many directions at once, even if it’s all in your head.
Continuing with the theme of daydreams, the track’s video (dir. Tony Duvall) is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the pop videos Jacobson admired as a child. There are no costume changes, and the endearingly awkward dance moves are performed mostly on a desolate rooftop or in a makeshift office space. “This is my jacked-up version of an N’Sync music video,” says Jacobson, and she definitely nails the emotive close-up.