Premiere: Washington’s Fretland Emerge with Empathy, Passion, & Americana Warmth in “Heaven”

Heaven - Fretland
Americana folk-rock four-piece Fretland emerge with a heavy heart of gold in their new single “Heaven,” a moving song of finding humanity in brokenness.
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Six minutes is a long time to hold our attention, but if anyone can do it and do it well, it’s going to be Washington state’s Fretland. The Americana folk-rock five-piece emerges with a heavy heart of gold in their new single “Heaven,” a moving song of finding humanity in brokenness.

Heaven - Fretland

Heaven – Fretland

Heaven help me, did I do him wrong
Did I send him spiraling, to that woman’s arms
Heaven hold me, as I sleep alone
Cause that man beside me, is an unholy ghost
Cause we’ve walked our many miles,
and he’s taught me many things
I’ve been on mountains high,
and in the valley deep
When I prayed he was beside
me on his knees, oh Heaven

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Heaven,” the latest single off Fretland’s forthcoming self-titled debut album (due out May 23, 2020). Hailing from Snohomish, Washington, Fretland emerged late last year with their pulsing debut single “Long Haul” and have been dropping a steady stream of singles ever since, with “Black & Gold” arriving in early December and “Must’ve Been Wild” following in January. Fronted by Hillary Grace Fretland, the band is rounded out by bassist Jake Haber, guitarist Luke Francis, and drummer Kenny Bates.

Fretland

Fretland



Hard-hitting folk rock merges with grounded Americana influences and rootsy harmonies in Fretland’s impassioned music: From their very first single, the group established themselves as a hybrid in-between the rock and folk spheres, with a definitive predilection for heavy beats, massive outpourings of tension, and subtler nuance.

“Heaven” is a perfect example of these balanced forces at play, finding Fretland dwelling in a somber, light sonic space that eventually evolves into a tidal wave of emotion release.

Skip to 3:45 in the song to discover why this band should be on every classic rock and Americana lover’s radar — or respect the journey that gets you there, and listen as Fretland inject our ears with a poignant, pained story of imperfection and human connection. With the beautiful vocal prowess of Hillary Grace Fretland leading the way, “Heaven” proves an absorptive experience.

“Heaven is about empathy,” Fretland tell Atwood Magazine. “Being hurt by someone you love deeply and still attempting to understand, forgive, find their humanity is an act of true love. Growing up in a broken family that found healing allowed me a window into that space. It’s not romantic, not familial – but beautifully human. It’s all in the attempt to recognize the moments when someone, much like ourselves, is in need of a lot of grace.”

Fretland

Fretland



We’ve all had people come up short in our lives; folks we thought we could trust, who failed in the moment we needed them most. Fretland’s “Heaven” is about finding the power, deep down, to forgive, to empathize, and to let go. It takes a person of considerable character to do this, but that’s why the song requires six whole minutes to get its point across: Such discipline and maturity are worth the time investment.

Cause we’ve walked our many miles,
and he’s taught me many things
I’ve been on mountains high, and in the valley deep
When I prayed he was beside me on his knees,
When I prayed he was beside me on his knees,

By the time Fretland are basking, mid-solo, in a frenzy of their own creation, we’re absolutely sold: There’s no denying this band’s talent, or their  exciting charm. It’s been a minute since a folk-rock band sweeped us off our feet, but we’re happy to be falling for Fretland. Stream “Heaven” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more from the band’s upcoming debut! FRETLAND is out everywhere May 2020.

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com