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The Unstudied Sea

by Frank Bango

In the grand tradition of Bacharach and David, Goffin and King and Rogers and Hart Bango and Writing Partner Richy Vesecky ignore the current trend of production- driven Mall noise and aim directly at the great American songbook
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. out of the water
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2. a clear eye for Daisy
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3. are you now or have you ever been?
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4. museums
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5. Preston Sturges
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6. the ugly version
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7. the lottery pieces
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8. leaving the scene of an accident
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9. the little tears in Champagne
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10. always looking up
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11. roses are not red
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12. does the bitter moon really care about how dark it gets
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
10 Facts about Frank:

1) His last name is Bango.

2) He is officially from New York City, although originally from somewhere quite different.

3) He is a musician of some note, a singer of a few other notes and a songwriter with something new in his notebook.

4) He is about to release a new album entitled "The Unstudied Sea." The 12 songs featured were written under water, remembered over drinks and recorded somewhere in between. The music is sad and beautiful and to quote an old sea diver's valentine -" if there is a lighthouse out there anywhere, let it light the way to your own true love." The CD will be released by the Sincere Recording Company on July 17.

5) In the grand tradition of Bacharach & David, Goffin & King, Rodgers & Hart and Leopold & Loeb, Frank has a songwriting partner by the name of Richy Vesecky. Together they combine a classic Brill building aesthetic with a very unique and personal vision. Ignoring the current trend of production-driven mall noise, Bango & Vesecky are aiming directly at the great American songbook.

6) He has previously released 2 albums - the criminally ignored "I Set Myself on Fire Today" and the critically acclaimed "Fugitive Girls." Both feature the kind of pop craftsmanship that is usually attributed to a beautiful bygone era. If you are of a mind to allow critics to have their say, here's what some have said -

"It's difficult to think of a stronger current day writing partnership than
Bango and lyricist Richy Vesecky (maybe Bacharach & Costello
come close)." -Bucket Full of Brains

"Craftsmanship is alive and well, meticulously executed in the
pop realm by Frank Bango" -Time Out New York

"A minor pop masterpiece...." -The Lowell Sun

"Not your typical modern-day songwriter, Bango's classically structured pop songs
spur melodies reminiscent of 60's girl groups and the heyday of the pop world."
-Performing Songwriter


7) Frank has a tendency to perform live with a band of esoteric pop adventurers collectively known as the Magic Fingers. Individually or on dry land they will answer to the names of Matt Azzarto - bass, Ray Nissen - guitar, Paul Moscella - drums. When mixed with water they will create a tidal wave of glorious, musical bliss. Female audience members have been known to hold their breath through entire sets. All this and a dress code, too.

8) Frank was once taken to lunch by 1960s bubblegum kings Kasenetz & Katz, managed to guitar-tech for Ray Davies at Carnegie Hall and is currently auctioning Tom Verlaine's guitar on Ebay to pay for his next recording. Therefore, his major celebrity status cannot be questioned.

9) Frank Counts as his major influences: Preston Sturges, Alan Watts, David Lynch,
The Beatles, Bjork, Swami Rama, Dr Rudolf Balentine, The Zombies, Tom Waites, Elvis Costello, The Toys , the Beach Boys and Charlie Rich. If you know who any of these people are, then you owe it not only to yourself but also to them to know who Frank is (and vice versa).

10) Frank currently owns no tropical fish.


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Gail

Such a Treasure!
“Are You Now or Have You Ever Been” might just possibly be one of the greatest songs ever written…at least to these ears! And “Roses Are Not Red”? I dare you to find a more achingly beautiful song about love and heartache. Frank Bango and his songwriting partner Rich Vesky write some of the most beautiful music that I have had the extreme pleasure of getting to listen to. I know another record is in the works and cannot wait for that but in the meantime I will just have to play The Unstudied Sea over and over and over again. Thank you Frank. I am forever grateful…

georgygirl

God, what a beautiful record!
From beginning to end...stunning.

CD Baby


Prepare to be awed. Be prepared to catch your heart. Be prepared to lose your fragile grip of self-restraint with the wallet. With his delicate and subtle yet pointed, instantly penetrating turn of angst to Beatles-esque jangle, powered by sharp vocals from the Elvis Costello gene pool, Frank Bango will have you wrapped around his guitar-plucking little finger and wondering when you can buy the next album. Nurtured with love within a heart that can't forget the genius of the 60's trends, this is some of those most charming and yet snappy pop a CD Baby connoisseur could ask for. Highly, highly recommeded.


excellent!
a good variety of top-notch songs, this cd showcases a rare talent. bango's lyrics and music are clever, funny and poignant, and his singing is endearing and honest. i'd put this disc up against anything in similarly-talented elvis costello's catalog, and i'm an elvis fan.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Prepare to be awed.
Prepare to be awed. Be prepared to catch your heart. Be prepared to
lose your fragile grip of self-restraint with the wallet. With his
delicate and subtle yet pointed, instantly penetrating turn of angst
to Beatles-esque jangle, powered by sharp vocals from the Elvis
Costello gene pool, Frank Bango will have you wrapped around his
guitar-plucking little finger and wondering when you can buy the next
album. Nurtured with love within a heart that can't forget the genius
of the 60's trends, this is some of those most charming and yet
snappy pop a CD Baby connoisseur could ask for. Highly, highly
recommeded.
Derek Sivers-CD Baby

jk

this guy's great
found in the unstudied sea is a treasure trove of brilliant gems... catchy melodies and honest, heartfelt lyrics that are at once purely original and comfortingly reminiscent of elvis, the beatles... this guy is a sensitive, talented musician who has poured heart and soul into lucid vocals, beautiful guitar and an intelligent songwriting sensibility that is rarely heard these days. right on.

josh chasin

sweet, delicate, fragil, beautiful.
After digging Frank's last, Fugitive Girls, I rushed right over to CD Baby as soon as I heard he'd put out another. The songs are like intricate webs of delicate cotton candy pop fiber, like tiny porcelin figurines, beautiful for their fragility. Lots of pristine, tasteful, sparse production; when he plucks an acxoustic guitar you hear every string, and no note is wasted. How can a record sound so sparse and so lush at the same time? Frank is obviously a sensitive guy and a great songwriter who puts his heart into his work, and his recording and performing skills put one in mind of Andy Partridge, Jeff Larson, and the softer side of LIndsey Buckingham. Recommended to be played when it is sunny out and your heart is broken. Or at least when it is sunny out. And put the top down.