When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful, effortless branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.
Both raised in South Bend, IN, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, Kandote, was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut full-length, Fluke, in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with Darlingside, Anaïs Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves.
The duo's forthcoming release, Silver & Gold (January 25, 2019), finds Gunty and Powers exploring new territory as a distance band, writing and recording from their respective homes in Philadelphia and Chicago. The EP's first single, Honeyguide (out now), explores this idea of distance and territory through the story of the eponymous tropical bird, and features another bird, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Siri Undlin, better known as Humbird. Undlin's rich vocal performance puts a timeless twist atop FLA's signature sound and leaves us to imagine what fresh take FLA will bring to their upcoming record, their first collection of material since their debut.
"Indie folk at its finest" - Milk Crater
"People should hear this music and say this is something I want to hear more of and know more about. This is not foreign music - this is music that's got a precedent set many years ago. And when you hear somebody do it this well, you kind of just have to pay attention to it." - Richard Milne, WXRT Chicago
'If you like killer harmonies, you will LOVE Frances Luke Accord' - Jeanette Sangston, The Revue
[Frances Luke Accord] have their fingers in a sound that's timeless yet absolutely necessary in an increasingly static musical landscape. - Joshua Pickard, Nooga