Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Francis: Turning A Hand + Follow Me Home

Falun based quintet Francis has been called Sweden's best kept secret - hopefully that will change as the word spreads about their intoxicating sound. Founded a full decade ago in Mora, only Petra Mases - who provides the utterly gorgeous vocals - and guitarist Petter Nygårdh remain of the original line up; newer members are Paulina Mellkvist (bass), Oscar Bond (keys) and Jerker Krumlinde (guitar).

The debut album 'Lekomberg, We Were Kin' was released in 2011; the EP 'This Must Be Blood' followed in 2012. On February 5 they dropped the full-length 'Marathon', containing eleven tracks. The album was recorded in two stages: the first close to home in the picturesque village of Gagnef (very Lord of the Rings), the second in Brooklyn with acclaimed producer Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Bjørk, and more).

Two excellent videos have been published to accompany the outstanding songs "Turning a Hand" and "Follow Me Home"; the first directed by Malin Norberg, the latter by Johan Stolpe.

There are two gigs coming up in Sweden this week: February 12 in Stockholm and February 13 in Gothenburg. Between April 20 and April 30 ten shows are scheduled around Germany: they start off in Hamburg and finish up in Leipzig,