Throwback Thursday: Frou Frou

Look, I know “Garden State” isn’t necessarily a cinematic masterpiece, but in 2004 when it hit theaters I was at the perfect age to really appreciate it. It was a coming-of-age film for a young man who was, in fact, coming of age, and I loved it.

But before the movie was even released, I developed an emotional attachment to the trailer, which I must have watched on about two hundred times. About halfway through, Frou Frou’s “Let Go,” the sort of main theme for “Garden State,” kicks in—and to this day it’s still one of the most moving and beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

In the years since, Imogen Heap—Frou Frou’s lead vocalist—has earned some fame for “Hide and Seek,” which damn near everybody has heard at this point thanks to its appearance on the second season finale of “The O.C.” and subsequent Saturday Night Live spoof of it. More recently, that same song was sampled in Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say,” which was at one point the #1 song in America.

So it’s not like you’ve never heard this girl’s voice before, but “Details,” Frou Frou’s only album, is from an age before Heap was so well-known, and her partner on the project—Guy Sigsworth—deserves his fair share of the credit of the record’s beauty as well. The two co-wrote every song on the album, which includes “Let Go” and loads of other transient, ambient electronica that is both musically challenging and melodically pleasing.

There are rumors of a reunion between Heap and Sigsworth, but so far nothing official has come to fruition. Still, “Let Go” remains in the annals of life-altering music for me. Few tracks have ever affected me more. I loved it when I was coming of age, and now that I’m of age I love it even more. It’s aged like a fine cheese, and held up better than the movie that helped make it famous, though I’ll never bad mouth “Garden State” or Frou Frou. Don’t you do it, either.

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