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High Park Society - 'On Your Mind'

October 02 2017  Natalie Perez       Skope

“On Your Mind”, the new single made from High Park Society, an independent studio project with music done by the mastermind of Canadian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter as well as acoustician Frank Babic. Another one man does all type of project from it really. As his indie pop style really brings it altogether with such hooks, vocals, and music that he makes it work.

Frank Babic’s evoking music for one takes over that nostalgia that has been making a buzz for some time, as he brings it in with new wave styling of jazz, mixed in with the 80’s to 90’s era of the melodic kind of the alternative rock and pop feel. Take all of that into this indie pop enthusiast and you get High Park Society’s “On Your Mind”. A song about trying to understand the one’s you love and care about, even when time’s become difficult decisions that have to be made about things. That is what this track brings forth within its music waves of melodies and rhythms.

Really how this song plays itself out, lots of melodies, rhythms, and beats going on throughout it. It has a tempo beat that keeps on beating, it just becomes so catchy and upbeat that you find yourself, really getting into the groove of it all. Lyrical wise you get the picture of that, as you find you asking yourself, what are we thinking, what is really on our mind. What do we really think about this person, place, or thing. As that is probably something we can all relate to at one point, as it builds creativity, thinking of others, wondering what makes them tick, and how they think, really what is going on in their minds. Truly a thinking type of track is what is happening here with High Park Society.

Besides that though the song does have an accompanying video to go with it, as it takes the aspect of a lyrical video, somewhat though, as this video takes only certain words putting them here and there throughout, as the video solely focus’ upon a paper hat shaped boat, as it travels the waters, as the song and video plays out, other depicts happening as well. It is just one of those awkward moment type of things, that you just go with the flow with basically. As for the song itself lyrics have been covered and the song’s structure itself is rather well played out. It has energy, upbeat tones, with crafty momentum thrown in, to keep it together.

Altogether really, is what makes this track work. That it just works so well and outward so well to. High Park Society as a project done by Frank Babic is one that is a lot like others before him, while this being a one man act, his styling does bring the past to life in the present, as he did take that trip of nostalgia seriously.

His work’s sounding a like The Cure crossed with The Beatles, except more energy driven. Not so much darken with the melodies but more open minded with the melodies. Allowing for them to expand their tone of beats, that it is more embracing, welcoming, as it becomes more and more upbeat, as the song goes in terms of listening in again and again. That also being a thing as the song does not become boring but more fun with each hear through.

All in all though, High Park Society’s “On Your Mind”, is a track of question, that will be on your mind for quite some time, if not that then perhaps you should get it on that mind, because it is worth a listen or two, if not more so than that, for that matter.


See our review of Indecision on Indie-Spoonful.com here and from A&R Factory here.

Here is a full copy of the reviews:

 

High Park Society - 'Indecision'

 

 

April 11 2017  Aly Mchugh  A&R Factory

High Park Society takes us on a musical journey, throwing back to 1980’s romance. With elements of The Kinks and The Smiths, retro old-school rock singer Frank Babic delivers an innate expertise that is enriched with opulent depth, a trope in indie music that victoriously fills the missing gaps. ‘Indecision’ mediates the theme of nostalgia, and with mellow undertones throughout the track, gratifies all means of happiness and appreciation.

 

Despite the fact the song describes the notion of moving on from single life, the funky melody creates a chirpy disposition and focuses on the ideal of spiritual happiness rather than congenial romance. The compassion behind Frank Babic’s vocals recreates a jubilant sensation, allowing us as the listener to capture the moment he so adequately is generating. “Indecisions got a hold of me tonight/And it always seemed so right to do/But that was just before I saw you” Babic swoons over a gentle brass trumpet and a feathered guitar strum, “Indecision stole my soul from me for the last time”. The buoyant jazzy instrumentals set a state of quixotic euphoria, and whilst the soft rhythm of the drums lead a melody of lust, Babic’s wistful vocals drives the song into a luminous oblivion.


March 10, 2017  Bryon William Indiespoonful.com

With lots of positive vibes, a touch of retro, some classic new wave and hints of nostalgia, High Park Society is an alt-pop studio music project that kicked off in 2015. Songwriter and composer, Frank Babic performs the majority of the instruments including, vocals, piano, guitar and bass.  In addition to Frank's input, High Park Society is a collaboration with Jorge Trumpet (on trumpet) and other studio musicians as needed. The song, "Indecision," written by Frank Babic, was a catalyst in defining High Park Society's sound which can be described as catchy 80's retro with old school rock vocals, drawing influences from artist such as The Beatles and the Beach Boys.  Since “Indecision” is the song that kicked off this music project, it is definitely a great way to introduce yourself to the genre-blending, unique and fun sound that High Park Society offers. 

"Indecision" starts off with a fun and funky guitar intro with light syncopation that brings in the bass and drums. The instrumental arrangement immediately gets you engaged - you'll be grooving along from the start. With the entrance of the first verse, the vocals and vocal harmonies immediately take you back, adding that touch of nostalgia and a feel-good tingle all over. Franks voice has a nice pop quality making it easy to relate to.  With the combination of excellent musicianship and catchy melodies, “Indecision,” is a song that anybody can vibe out to.

 

The structure of the song is verse-chorus/verse-chorus/instrumental/ verse-chorus (after the second chorus, there is an instrumental break played on trumpet). In the music world, we would call this structure A-B-A-B-C-A-B.  In the first verse, Frank sings “Indecision's  got the best of me in my life.  Indecision’s got a hold of me tonight.  And it always seems so right to do, but that was just before I saw you.” Then each additional verse begins by giving a different depiction of how indecision has affected his life and each verse ends on an uplifting note by saying he no longer has that problem as he has said "yes" to the right person,  the best decision he ever made.  The chorus is a simple and inviting, "Ba ba ba ba" making it irresistible to sing-a-long to.  Mid way through listeners are treated to a trumpet solo which is unusual in pop music, but completely works with High Park Society's sound.  The solo is played in an upper register presenting well above the mix with strong melodic content.

 

Check out this fun animated video of the song.

 

High Park Society delivers a top-notch musical experience with their single “Indecision.” This reto 80s style song will have you falling in love and singing along with easy to relate to nostalgic vocals, outstanding musicianship and catchy melodies.  There is no doubt that the talent and time Frank Babic has put into defining, writing and collaborating on his art has paid off. To purchase music from this studio project, visit CDbaby. For more information on the band visit their website.

 

 

 

 

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Skopemag.com On Your Mind  Review Excerpt

October 02 2017  Natalie Perez       Skope

 

"High Park Society’s “On Your Mind”, is a track of question, that will be on your mind for quite some time, if not that then perhaps you should get it on that mind, because it is worth a listen or two, if not more so than that, for that matter."  

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Indie-Spoonful.com Indecision  Review Excerpt

 

March 10 2017  Byron Harris

 

High Park Society delivers a top-notch musical experience with their single “Indecision.” This reto 80s style song will have you falling in love and singing along with easy to relate to nostalgic vocals, outstanding musicianship and catchy melodies.  There is no doubt that the talent and time Frank Babic has put into defining, writing and collaborating on his art has paid off. 

 

A&R Factory Indecision Review Excerpt

 

Indie-Spoonful.com Indecision  Review Excerpt

April 11 2017  Aly Mchugh  A&R Factory

High Park Society takes us on a musical journey, throwing back to 1980’s romance. With elements of The Kinks and The Smiths, retro old-school rock singer Frank Babic delivers an innate expertise that is enriched with opulent depth, a trope in indie music that victoriously fills the missing gaps. ‘Indecision’ mediates the theme of nostalgia, and with mellow undertones throughout the track, gratifies all means of happiness and appreciation.