Andy Frasco & The U.N. return with L’Optimist, a musical journey that encapsulates Frasco's philosophy of embracing life's passions even when faced with turbulent waters.
L’Optimist stands as a pinnacle of optimism and passion in Andy Frasco's already impressive career. The album radiates hope and vigor, a true reflection of Frasco's eclectic influences and boundless dynamism. Through introspective lyrics and musical escapades, the charismatic singer-songwriter delves into personal growth and self-discovery, all while navigating genres like funk, jazz, surf rock, blues, and more, all with an optimism that exudes soulful power.
While known for his party-like persona, L’Optimist showcases a maturation in Frasco's craft. His artistic command and confidence are more evident than ever, as he dives into complex themes ranging from relationships to depression, empathy, and alienation. The heartfelt track "Iowa Moon" touches on matters of the heart and mental health, embracing the vulnerability inherent in the human experience.
Amidst the album's diverse musical palette, Frasco's growth as a songwriter and band leader shines brightly. "Birthday Song" injects the perfect dose of summer heat into any party playlist, while "Everything Bagel" explores the selflessness required in deep love. "You Do You" boldly champions self-authenticity, resonating with ongoing battles for LGBTQ+ rights.
Frasco's uplifting mindset takes center stage, seeking to combat the darkness that often pervades today's world. "We’re not going to be able to change the world," Frasco admits, "but at least we can change the mind state we have moving forward." With an infectious optimism (there’s that word again, I feel a theme here), he envisions a collective shift in perspective that could ripple outward, transforming the world at large.
When not making music, Frasco also somehow finds time to host Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast and cater to his nearly 1M monthly dance party views on Twitch. On his podcast, Frasco interviews fellow musicians such as Billy Strings, Michal Menert and Oteil Burbridge, as well as people in other industries, including former NFL player Ricky Williams and photographer Jay Blakesberg. If keeping people entertained helps to save the world, then Frasco is certainly doing his part.
In a world where uncertainties abound, Andy Frasco & The U.N.'s L’Optimist serves as a melodic reminder to embrace what we love with intention. Through life's ups, downs, and sideways twists, the album reminds us to keep the smiles on our faces, even during the darkest of times.