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Frankel is the musical brainchild of Michael Orendy, an L.A. native who named the project after an oversize orthodontic retainer he wore in 5th grade. Having logged several years as the bassist for multiple SoCal bands, Orendy launched the Frankel project in 2006, drawing upon his pop sensibilities and multi-instrumentalist skills to record the material himself.
In 2011, the album Sugar Twists like Hurricane was self-released on the Peanut Dungeon label. The album was co-produced with Kirk Hellie and featured a variety of Hellie’s acoustic instrument collection including a 10-string tipple, baritone ukulele, banjo, u-bass and many others. Due to his tempestuous relationship with music, Orendy removed the album from iTunes soon after its release.