London in Stereo // October 2015

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NEW SOUNDS by Gemma Samways

FRANCIS LUNG During WU LYF’s four-year tenure as Manchester’s premiere “heavy-pop” proponents, frontman Ellery Roberts provided a mesmeric focal point for fans. It was his gargling-with-razor-blades caw that reviewers extolled, and it was he that eventually called time on the project, justifying his decision with suitably elusive statements like, “There is nothing here that inspires/interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams… I don't want to spend my life asleep.” Three years on, it’s his less conspicuous co-conspirator who’s commanding our full attention. Following work with Los Porcos, former WU LYF-bassist Tom McClung now creates gorgeous, alt-leaning pop under the pseudonym Francis Lung. His first official solo release was 2014’s ‘A Selfish Man’, its gambolling melody and luminescent, pointillist guitar work balanced by the words of an unrepentant protagonist. Last month, he shared the lo-fi, piano-led loveliness of ‘Back One Day’ - the lead track from his debut six-track EP. Due in November via Songs Records, Faehrer’s Son further showcases Lung’s refreshingly unguarded lyrical approach and also illustrates the breadth of his melodic scope, proffering the tender, Sufjan-esque melancholia of ‘Something Blue’, the sun-dappled, Devandra Banhartflavoured ‘Oh My Love’ and a slide guitar-tinged, Big Star-worthy weepy called ‘Where Love Comes To Live’. Listening, you sense that Lung is finally set to receive the attention he deserves.

LISTEN TO: Back One Day ONLINE: // @FrancisLung // LIVE: St Pancras Old Church, November 16th

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