Today, indie folk duo Frances Luke Accord (“FLA”) has released “Window,” the latest single from their forthcoming LP, Safe In Sound, set for release on February 9th via Two-Dale Records/Tone Tree Music. In the song’s premiere, Atwood Magazine says “Window” showcases “what they’ve long done best: Craft a lush, lilting experience out of stirring folk sound and expressive lyrics.”
"The opening track on Safe In Sound, but the last song to be added, "Window" is a simple call to action," says FLA's Nicholas Gunty. "It's right there in the lyrics," adds co-founder Brian Powers:
Nowhere to run / No time to hide / Open up your eyes
We will not lie / We do or die / While the world goes by
"Even though it’s been incorporated into the FLA live set since 2019, we purposefully timed this release to coincide with the upcoming midterms. So please get out and vote! There's so much on the line, especially for the younger generations."
“‘Window’ and its preceding singles affirm that Powers and Gunty are (still) on top of their game,” adds Atwood Magazine, “and that the upcoming Safe in Sound LP promises to be a captivating, immersive folk experience.”
“Window” follows “In My Life,” a hopeful ballad and vocal tour de force reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul, & Mary which features FLA’s mentors and brethren, Darlingside. The band has recently released three other tracks from the album, “This Morning (ft. Liz Chidester),” and “Friend You’ve Been.”
LISTEN // WATCH: “IN MY LIFE (ft. Darlingside)”
LISTEN: “FRIEND YOU’VE BEEN”
LISTEN: “THIS MORNING”
When FLA’s Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and voices together, there is a delicate magic that commands the room to attention–NPR’s Mountain Stage has called them “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soft, contemplative vintage of indie-folk gestures toward a timelessness that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.
Both raised in South Bend, Indiana, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, Kandote, was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which continues to support the choir to this day.
Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut full-length, Fluke, in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with Darlingside, Anaïs Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves.
A remote band since 2017, the duo’s DIY ethos has remained strong since Fluke. Still self-managing and producing, the duo has released two more EP’s, Silver & Gold (2019) and Sunnyside (2021)–the latter under their new label, Two-Dale Records–as well as a number of singles. Be sure to follow them at the links below for the latest news and updates.