On November 3rd, Frances Forever released their new single, “Certified Fool.” Full of catchy melodies and relatable lyrics, “Certified Fool” is a continuation of what Frances Forever was able to accomplish on their paranoia party EP, which you can read our review of here. Frances Forever is obviously solidly on our radar, and they should absolutely be on yours as well.
“Certified Fool” is full of synth-hooks, earworm melodies, and a driving sense of confusion that comes with graduating college. In the pre-chorus, Frances sings “Was young and dumb, but now I’m just dumb/I wanna go back to high school.” Though that last line is not a sentiment I can agree with on a personal level, the relatability of Frances’ lyrics are once again on full display. Life after education can seem overwhelming and confusing to most people. Learning how to navigate the non-academic world makes many feel foolish and yearn for earlier days.
The indie-pop sound works perfectly for this song, and Frances Forever has perfected their songwriting formula. Much like “space girl,” “depression,” and “paranoia party” were the early proof of this formula working, but “Certified Fool” “is a galvanization of their undeniable ear for melody, expert songcraft, and velvety vocal harmonies, manifesting as a timeless and energized anthem that would be equally at home on a modern pop playlist as on 80’s college radio.” I couldn’t say it any better myself.
I’m so excited to watch Frances Forever continue to rise from this point. They’re absolutely incredible, and “Certified Fool” has solidified them in the indie-pop space. Check out the lyric video below, listen for the joke about not being able to take care of a houseplant, and let us know what you think!