Sparse instrumentation and melancholy fill the negative space of Frisch’s newest single, a resigned look back at one’s life.
“Just Look at Me Now” begins as many works of music do, detailing the aspects of one’s being “on top of the world.” Yet the exploits of fame detailed by Eric Frisch in the opening lines of “Just Look at Me Now” differ from any braggadocious leanings in that these exploits are mourned rather than exalted. The somber detailing of a life lived in vain is a painful reminder of mortality itself, and the wavering tones of Frisch’s rich voice serve as a reminder of the temporal nature of one’s golden years.
The music here is sweetly simplistic, following a chord progression somewhere between a hymn and a deep cut by the Band. Its pastoral nature and lilting pace make “Look at Me Now” feel almost dreamlike, something wavering just out of view and finished before one has a chance to grasp it. Cutting through the waves of ether is the refrain, a sorrowful and sober reflection upon oneself in which, presumably, the narrator does not like what they see. Whether the song comes from the perspective of a fabricated character, Frisch’s personal experience, or a blending of the two is unknown. Should it speak truth to the songwriter, I would only hope that he turn his gaze forward, as I can imagine only good things can come from the patience and melodic understanding displayed here. “Just Look at Me Now” is out now and streaming everywhere, be sure to check it out!
Review by Bobby Guard