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 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.
"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music."
"Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people."
"...an echo of Simon & Garfunkel, the quirky weirdness of Sufjan Stevens, and the melodic progression of Josh Ritter...FLA have taken all of this and turned it into something entirely unique."
Silver & Gold, the duo's first major work in nearly three years, finds Gunty and Powers exploring new territory as a distance band, writing and recording from their respective homes in Philadelphia and Chicago. A departure from FLA's expansive debut full length, Fluke, the EP leans into the duo's folkier sound, featuring stripped-down arrangements beneath the duo's signature vocal harmonies.
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 an intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Ugana and a not-for-profit project 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.