Shares new single “Lonesome No More”
Announces date at The Victoria, London – July 1, 2021
Manchester-based singer-songwriter, Francis Lung is today airing his new single, “Lonesome No More” which comes as the latest installment from his forthcoming second album, Miracle, set for release via Memphis Industries on June 18, 2021. The new track comes with an animated video directed by Grant Peacock (aka Kidmilk) that arrives as a bittersweet ode to cartoons such as Rick & Morty, The Simpsons, and Bojack Horseman. Alongside news of the new track, Francis Lung is announcing a live show at The Victoria, London on July 1, 2021 – tickets available here.
“Lonesome No More” follows on from “Bad Hair Day” which found support last month from The Times, The Guardian (Track of the Day), NPR, BBC 6 Music, and more. The new album was produced by Francis in collaboration with Brendan Williams(Dutch Uncles, Matthew Halsall, Kiran Leonard) and Robin Koob (who co-arranged and performed strings), recorded at the idyllic Giant Wafer Studios in rural Wales in early 2020, and finished from his home studio.
Miracle represents a period of introspection for Francis. Reflecting on struggles with mental health, substance (ab)use, and relationships, the record finds him facing his demons head-on, a cathartic process that largely contributed to his decision to give up alcohol. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle, is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’s earlier music, both solo and as a member of WU LYF, with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy, and Elliott Smith (of whom Francis is a noted fan; he co-organised an Elliott Smith online tribute concert in June 2020, a fundraiser for LGBTQ+ charities which featured Smith covers by Marika Hackman, Blaenavon, Marissa Nadler, and others).
This new single, “Lonesome No More”, which finds its title from a Kurt Vonnegut novel of the same name, presents one of the delicate, introspective angles to the forthcoming record, drawing on some of the quiet intimacy of Harry Nilsson and underpinning the personal confessions with swooning orchestral moments. It’s another example of Lung’s growing mastery of this style whilst also demonstrating his ability as a songwriter, layering different elements and sounds to take something that begins somewhat hushed and building it into something much grander.
“The title comes from a science-fiction novel in which every family in America is assigned an extended family to cure a loneliness epidemic,” explains Lung. “The idea of curing loneliness inspired the first lines of the song “loneliness I miss you / but unbeknownst to me that loneliness it does miss me too.”
“When I thought about loneliness as something personified, it seemed to be like a friend or a lover who is a bad influence. Someone that encourages you to feel sorry for yourself, makes you want to drink more (“you just made sober seem so tedious”) but at the same time, someone you just can’t stay away from. The song to me is like a farewell to a state of mind that I fall back into all too easily.”
The accompanying animation highlights these concerns with some of its overt references to alcoholism – a topic tackled throughout the forthcoming album, Miracle – and using alcohol to cope with loneliness. As well as this, the video pays tribute to the frustration of musicians worldwide who are unable to tour and play concerts right now and the sense of isolation that can come with that.
The new single and accompanying video displays a true beauty that only Francis Lung can create and capture. This soulful piece offers pure honesty found in the lyrics and delicately relayed with the tender vocal harmonies. The melody of this release pushes the intensity to the forefront of the exploration. It’s a short ensemble that captures such an emotive depth to the release it feels as if the experience is longer, the music certainly makes its impression and stays with you long after the finish length time. A vital composition for 2021.
Miracle marks the first full-length release from Francis Lung since his critically acclaimed 2019 debut, A Dream Is U which found positive reviews from Uncut, MOJO, The Times, Paste Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, and more. Prior to that, Lung played as part of the Manchester group, WU LYF, a project which found a wealth of buzz in the early stages of the last decade, attaining Pitchfork’s Best New Music award for Go Tell Fire To The Mountain which was also named in their Top 100 albums of the 2010s. Miracle emerges as a much more focused and deeply personal record for Lung, it’s cohesive and generous in what it aims to give, allowing for something which is as vital as it is vulnerable. “I don’t want to be defined by my anxiety, my depression or any history of substance abuse,” Francis says, “but I do want to reach out to other people who have had similar experiences, especially if it’s in a way that helps them feel a little better. To me, this music is celebrating healing as much as it focuses on the darker sides of the human psyche.”
Miracle is available to pre-order as a very special hand-numbered Dinked edition on mint green vinyl with an alternate mirror board sleeve, “Miracle” patch, and flexi disc including exclusive non-album track “Internet”. Go here for more info.
June 18, 2021
Out via Memphis Industries
2. Bad Hair Day
3. Blondes Have More Fun
5. Empty Playgrounds, Broken Swings (Demo)
6. Don’t Call Me Baby
7. Say So
8. Southern Skies
9. Want 2 Want U
10. Comedown (Again)
12. Lonesome No More
13. The Let Down