(05 March 2000) The San Francisco Bay Area's Penny Framstad
is an emerging singer songwriter of rare depth and sensitivity.
She fronts a five-piece band and performs on guitar and piano.
A self-titled ten-track digital audio music CD is currently
available exclusively through
Penny recently had several songs from the album in
the mp3 Rock & Pop Radio charts. A west coast tour is planned
to launch her indie release during the spring and summer of 2000.
Framstad's songs have appeared on NBC's Providence and
Her album includes tracks co-written with Grammy Award Winning
song writers Tom Whitlock and Jeffrey Cohen. "Even Angels Fall,"
co-written and sung by Jessica Riddle, appears in the Touchstone
film 10 Things I Hate About You and is on the Hollywood
Reords Soundtrack (order it from amazon.com
here). Penny's own version, with it's lush production, accessibility
and lovely instrumental arrangement opens her self-titled album.
The album also includes co-writes with Kim Bullard, Steve Seskin,
and Geoff Perlman (lead guitar, vocals). Craig Owen (bass),
Dan Foltz (drums) and various other supporting musicians
provide instrumentals and backing vocals on her album.
The track "Anymore," a soft alternative rock with exceptional
and building arrangements and percussive elements, was written
by Penny alone.
With only light piano as accompaniment, Penny sings "People
With My Last Name" and "Back For Me" both stunningly sensitive
ballads and wonderful illustrations of the range and depth of
Penny's vocal talent.
The song "Making Deals With God" is a soft rock track that is
sensually sung and supported with lush instrumentation. "The
Best Day Of Your Life" and "If I Can Have It All" build from ballad
into and richly arranged rock songs with soaring vocals and
a notable electric guitar solos, perfect for inclusion in any one
of the most popular television series' shows (Roswell
for example). "Shadow Of The Sun" with lots of guitar and vocal
effects adds to the texture of the album's harder rock tracks.
It actually works quite well on its own and in contrast to the
album's softer tunes.
The uptempo highly accessible almost-pop "Tomorrow's Happening
Today" features wonderful vocal harmonies, lush keyboard backing
and a chorus with a wonderful hook certain to please a broad
range of audiences. The album closes with "Like A Moth To A
Flame" performed much in the style of "People With My Last
Name." If one were to open the album and the other to close it,
they would be like bookends.
The instrumental arrangements of Penny Framstad's self-titled
album add depth and texture to the expressive vocal elements and
contribute to the overall sound. This debut is a lovely album
and worthy of further exploration by adult alternative rock
enthusiasts. Eight of the album's ten songs can be heard online
We're sure you will agree that it is a nice listen!