But today, I wanted to look back at one of his older songs, from Frederick’s Elements. This single/EP has always held a warm place in my heart. I remember playing some Christmastime gigs with Frederick when he released this little recording, and I still find it enjoyable.
It’s not just nostalgia for younger, slimmer days and more musically ambitious times. It’s a good recording. The lead-off single, “Carolina Sands,” is a highly listenable song about the beauty of South Carolina. But for all of its radio-friendly qualities, I find it is now my least favorite track on the release (which, to be clear, does not mean it is a bad song—it’s very good!).
That distinction likely goes to “Yesterday’s Weather.” The track features Frederick’s characteristically enigmatic songwriting and ability to craft hypnotic grooves against naturalistic metaphors.
It’s a song about lost love, all framed in terms of hot (or cold?) fronts and currents:
I highly recommend listening with good headphones; it really captures the sonic subtleties of the piece, as well as the droning, persistent bass line.