Francis Lung (ex-WU LYF) has announced the release of his second solo album, Miracle, due in June, with a video for new song Bad Hair Day.
Francis Lung’s new single, Bad Hair Day, heralds the release of his second album, Miracle, which will be released by Memphis Industries on the 18th of June. The song is a wandering, climbing and cascading blend of 70s psych powerpop and showcases his great ear for melody. It darts from sunny art-rock with angular guitars giving way to a sumptuous and crooning solo outro. Lying alongside bands like Lemon Twigs, it’s a style that brings together falsettos and blissed-out breaks that tumble into catchy riffs. The song is a triumph and a great showcase for the album.
According to Lung, the album itself is one on which he faces the demons of his substance abuse and the impact it had on his relationships and mental health. While the subject matter may be serious, the album itself is anything but, never wallowing in the darkness and imbued with a sense of light that carries the whole project. It’s the type of work that pulls in influences like Jeff Tweedy, Elliot Smith, and ELO, blending them effortlessly.
“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. Available to buy here.
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Photo credit: Coralie Monnet
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.