Louisville’s vintage pop powerhouse Frederick the Younger released their long-awaited debut album Human Child on February 3, 2017. The album is a bigger and more exploratory progression of their debut EP Warm Front (2016), which established their identity as a female-led quintet with a perfect balance of rock energy and pop melody.
For Human Child, they wanted to create a more textured, riskier sound. The lead single “Horoscope” is a testament to this progression, and is an anthem all its own. On top of the savvy, percussion-heavy tracks are lead singer Jenni Cochran’s lush vocals that harken back to the booming female voices of the 1960s. And naturally, you can hear the thumbprint of producer and sonic wizard Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Twin Limb) in the soundscapes that thread Human Child together.
Frederick the Younger’s story begins when Jenni moved to Louisville in 2011 and met Aaron Craker (guitar + keyboard),, who was performing under the name Dr Vitamin. They instantly bonded over their affection for Elliott Smith and The Beatles, and Cracker’s knack for acute song arrangements. In 2014 Jenni, Aaron and Matt Kohorst (bass) ventured into the studio to record the initial batch of Frederick the Younger demos.
Flash forward to the summer of 2015 when they met John Barrera, and fell in love with his vintage Fender Mustang guitar sound. Later that summer they were introduced to Dave Givan, who had returned home from playing drums with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) on James’ solo tour… that’s when Frederick the Younger was truly born. It didn’t take long for them to develop a reputation for putting on explosive live shows around the region.
Human Child leaves you with the warm feeling you get when you watch someone find themselves – and with Frederick the Younger you know they have stumbled upon something truly unique.