In May he took host country Sweden to a very respectable fifth place at Eurovision 2016.
And on Friday rising star Frans made it clear he intends to keep the momentum going, as he released his follow-up single “Young Like Us”.
The song sees the 17-year-old reunite with Fredrik Andersson, Oscar Fogelström and Michael Saxell — the team behind his Melfest hit “If I Were Sorry”.
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Frans treads familiar territory here, delivering a chatty song with elements of folk and pop, all underscored by synth.
He still sounds like the love child of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran, but this is not a bad thing.
His distinct vocal timbre and instantly recognisable accent separates him from his predecessors and does much to solidify his own brand and sound. In short, it’s very Frans.
In recent months countless music critics have noted the wave of angst sweeping over male solo acts, a trend The Atlantic described as the “sad-dude pop moment.”
Timed with the release of “Pillowtalk” by a certain ex-One Directioner, their story was entitled, “Zayn Malik, Why So Serious?”.
Thankfully Frans bucks that trend, delivering a song about seizing the day in matters of love of leisure that comes off as uplifting and optimistic.
“Let this night not be wasted, tryin’ something never tasted, cause you got a feeling, the night is young, young like us…”
Are you feeling it? Do you hear a distinct Frans sound developing? Let us know in the comments box below!