French coldwavers and recent Band To Watch Frank (Just Frank) earned their BTW stripes on the back of “Couer Hanté,” a jangling and arpeggiated, guitar-and-synth lined track that had us reaching for reference points in the directions of early R.E.M. via Siouxsee, and Joy Division, and the Cure, and Morrissey. The video for the Wierd Records band’s breakout track is directed by David Insull, who puts them in strobes and static, clings tight to their fretwork, intercepting it with spills of flower pistils, cigarettes, faces in triplicate. For a track that plays like a perfect ’80s indie collage, the visual cut and stick technique makes just the right mark.
Frank (Just Frank)’s The Brutal Wave is out via Wierd.