The Birth of Organic Soul?
When exploring the world of Donavon Frankenreiter, one can easily see that experimentation is high on his list of priorities. Growing up in Hawaii with longtime pal Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter had already traveled the globe as a pro surfer before deciding to explore his second passion of music. Frankenreiterâ€šÃ„Ã´s debut came in 2004 with a self-titled release on buddy Jackâ€šÃ„Ã´s Brushfire Records label that followed closely with Johnsonâ€šÃ„Ã´s mellow, acoustic sound. Although the record earned him many new fans, Frankenreiter also felt dismissed by critics as â€šÃ„Ãºanother guy sitting on a beach with a guitar.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Ready for something new, Frankenreiter signed with Lost Highway and recorded Move By Yoursefâ€šÃ„Ã®a jamming fusion of funk, soul, and rock that reveals influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Jamiroquai.Frankenreiter opens the record with the title track, a five-minute jam fueled by a Talking Book-era keyboard groove and Frankenreiterâ€šÃ„Ã´s calm croon. â€šÃ„ÃºThe Way It Isâ€šÃ„Ã¹ follows with a Jamiroquai-esque dance-ability and funk guitar sound straight out of the Shaft soundtrack. Later, â€šÃ„ÃºFoolâ€šÃ„Ã¹ oozes Ray Charlesâ€šÃ„Ã´ attitude and bluesy feel while â€šÃ„ÃºThatâ€šÃ„Ã´s Too Badâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is as exciting as any Robert Randolph Band sing-a-long. â€šÃ„ÃºThese Armsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºAll Around Usâ€šÃ„Ã¹ fall flat in comparison to their more exciting surroundings but are easily forgotten once Frankenreiter has closed with the peaceful acoustic tune â€šÃ„ÃºBeautiful Day.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Move By Yourself is a clear departure from the surf-rock genre as Frankenreiterâ€šÃ„Ã´s creativity and affinity for old-school funk and soul gel as smoothly as his voice floats. Fans of his first album will still enjoy Frankenreiterâ€šÃ„Ã´s laid-back vibe and contagious spirit but should get ready to turn in those flip-flops for a new pair of dancing shoes.