Pop music is important to Frankie Simone. More than just the sum total of its melody-driven narratives and infectious movements, she sees it as a way to communicate with people without distance and without barriers. It's a vehicle for enlightenment and self-empowerment, an aural support system that disregards stereotypes and embraces everyone on their own terms. Her music stems from a need to reveal the best parts of ourselves, to not just acknowledge but to transform the world around us and to fight back against some of its darker inclinations. She explains that she wants her songs "to celebrate every type of human."
But this isn't some recent shift toward awareness for Simone. She's been working through various community outreach programs and musical projects over the years with her wife, dancer and performance artist Che Che Luna, to help bring this idea of positive reinforcement to everyone within earshot. And it's with that in mind that she's getting ready to release her debut EP, "LOVE//WARRIOR," on June 1 via Infinite Companion.
On recent single, "War Paint," she sketches a portrait of musical and emotional warfare, a conflict vying for the spirit and soul of countless outsiders and people who feel relegated to the shadows of mainstream acceptance. It's a propulsive pop march that maintains a feral and independent swagger -- she's not in the mood to suffer fools and casts them aside in a cascade of vivid vocal melodies and buzzsaw synths. Embracing the power of her own sexuality and offering no apologies for the unshackled fierceness of this viewpoint, she finds a balance between the torrential emotions spilling out of the song and the lyrical insight with which she addresses her captivated audience.