Shares video for “Alameda Apartments”
New album, In Plain Sight
out 5th November on ATO Records
UK and European tour announced for early 2022
Chicago singer, songwriter, and pianist Neal Francis has shared the new single from his upcoming album, In Plain Sight, due out 5th November via ATO Records. “Alameda Apartments” is available now at all DSPs and comes with a video filmed in the church in which Francis lived as well as wrote and recorded the album.
“Alameda Apartments” is the opening track on In Plain Sight, mixed by the Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT). The song makes for a majestic introduction to the album’s unveiling of Francis’s inner demons.
Neal Francis captures this theatrical movement within their grand vision, latest single continues with that theme which encapsulates the new ensemble.
Neal brings such a commanding presence to their work and is reflective within their bright vocal harmonies, effortlessly capturing the spirit of late-1960s/ early 70’s icon. Francis builds this immersive world that offers a truly enriching affection. The bountiful rhythms that possess this track in turn become the ultimate hook and pulls the audience into the midst of this charming ensemble.
“I started writing that song maybe six years ago, before I got sober,” says Francis. “I was going through another breakup and getting kicked out of my place, and I had a nightmare about moving into an art-deco apartment that was haunted, where the walls were all shifting around.” A prime showcase for Francis’s piano work, “Alameda Apartments” simulates that dream state in its untethered melodies and luminous grooves.
Neal Francis is currently on a massive U.S. tour that includes dates opening for Black Pumas, a sold-out headlining show at New York’s Mercury Lounge, and festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Americana Fest, Shaky Knees, and Outside Lands, among others. Francis just received rave reviews for his hometown performance at Lollapalooza – “There are hints of ’70s Brit Rock (including a very visceral touch of Elton John) as well as New Orleans jazz-funk, gospel soul, and some lighthearted Randy Newman — and the amalgamation felt like a time-stamped treasure,” wrote the Chicago Sun-Times. Early 2022 will see Francis embark on his first ever UK and European tour, the dates of which can be found below. All tickets are available at nealfrancis.com.
UK & Europe 2022:
Jan 23 – O2 Academy2 Islington (London, UK)
Jan 25 – Merleyn (Nijmegen, NL)
Jan 26 – Vera (Groningen, NL)
Jan 27 – Bitterzoet (Amsterdam, NL)
Jan 28 – Metropool (Hengelo, NL)
Jan 29 – TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht, NL)
Jan 30 – Bird (Rotterdam, NL)
Jan 31 – Haldern Pop Bar (Haldern, DE)
Feb 1 – Privatclub (Berlin, DE)
Feb 2- Häkken (Hamburg, DE)
Feb 4 – New Morning (Paris, FR)
Feb 5 – L’Ouvre Boite (Beauvais, FR)
Feb 6 – De Zwerver (Leffinge, BE)
1. Alameda Apartments
3. Can’t Stop The Rain
6. Sentimental Garbage
9. Say Your Prayers