RIYL: Twerps, Sonny & the Sunsets, King Tuff

Label: Merge

I’ve always been a Twerps fan and followed along after their 2015 Range Anxiety album. In swooping back around to see what they had been up to I saw lead singer Martin had a solo coming out on merge. You never really know how a solo album will come out, but three singles now have dropped from this album and I’ve loved all three. “You Want Me?” has a fantastic storytelling vibe in the vein of Bob Dylan that I just love. Give this one a chance.

The Details

Will ship to arrive on or around the release date of February 22. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S.

CD: Housed in a gatefold wallet. Includes an 8-page booklet with full lyrics.

LP: Black vinyl inside a heavyweight sleeve with printed lyrics. Includes digital download.

Peak Vinyl: Pressed on limited-edition blue-white marble vinyl. Includes digital download.

Undone at 31 can also be pre-ordered digitally or from your local record store.


Whether one seeks it out or it simply presents itself, change is an inevitability. Should one embrace it? Grapple with it? Fight it? These are the questions Martin Frawley unpacks as he steps into the spotlight for Undone at 31, his first album as a solo artist and the start of a new chapter for the Melbourne songwriter.

Those familiar with Martin Frawley’s time as co-leader of Twerps will take comfort in hearing his deceptively simple songwriting is still intact, but the big reveal on Undone at 31 is how new instrumentation and influences seamlessly expand Frawley’s playground. It might take several listens for one to realize Frawley is singing “Something About Me” over just violin, Moog, and a Graceland-esque bassline, or to appreciate the PB+J pairing of Fender Rhodes and lap steel on “Where the Heart Is,” which serves as the album’s twist ending. Frawley’s album does not shy away from morbid musings and raw emotions that come with a breakup. Undone at 31’s tunefulness and exploration combined are what elevate the music above the melancholy subject matter.

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