“Sakura,” the lead single from Frankie Master’s soon-to-be-released album “Aseasonal Sadness,” hailing from Chicago, is a stellar preview of what’s to come. If this track is any indication, the album promises to be a hit.
The title “Sakura,” meaning ‘cherry blossom’ in Japanese, aptly fits the song’s intent to herald the arrival of spring. This indie pop piece, tinged with indie rock influences, starts with a gentle rhythm that showcases Frankie’s effortlessly smooth vocals, enhanced by a slight saturation for a rich, over-driven tube sound.
Listening to “Sakura,” one is reminded of the legendary Hall & Oates, particularly in its guitar and keyboard arrangement and the notable double-stop before the second verse. Frankie’s upbringing in a musically diverse environment clearly influences her modern sound, marked by exceptional vocal prowess.
The song narrates a coming-of-age story, illustrated through verses that reflect lessons learned at different stages of life. The mood is uplifting, reminiscent of a warm spring day, complete with the scents of neighborhood barbecues. “Sakura” is a feel-good track perfect for playlists designed to boost morale and bring joy to listeners.