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Anonymity Is The New Fame: Meet Frankel

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Three weeks ago, someone handed me a copy of Frankel's latest album, Anonymity Is The New Fame. I was floored. Here was a songwriter who wove intricate lyrics in between lovely melodies that captured your imagination. It was the sort of album that required you to lie on the floor, stare at the ceiling, and absorb its stories. Naturally, my next move was an internet search for the date of his next live show. As it turns out, it's "never". That's right - never.

I figured I must have heard wrong. I mean, what kind of artist puts out a record and then doesn't tour? So I went straight to his PR people to get the skinny. It was worse than I feared. Not only does he never tour, he rarely plays any gigs at all. Occasionally he'll show up at an art gallery or an open mic and play an impromptu show, but that's it. Undaunted I asked for an interview. "Nope, he doesn't do those either," they told me. But I begged, whined, and generally was a complete pain in the ass, and after two weeks they relented. Yesterday, Frankel or as he's usually known Michael Orendy, granted me an hour of his time to geek out about his new album. Here's some of what was said.


Frankel - Anonymity Is The New Fame