FRANCIS LUNG – ” Songs From a Living Room “

Posted: August 27, 2020 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Initially I just wanted to record a version of Brooklyn Gurls after it being requested a lot during my livestreams b/c a definitive version didn’t exist. So it’s a new version of the song, it’s called Brooklyn Gurls. though technically, it’s old. it was one of the first ‘Francis Lung’ songs – it’s debut was live on BBC Radio 1 during a somewhat infamous session WU LYF did for Huw Stephens in 2011. We were so rude and disrespectful to Huw during our interview and I still feel bad about it. We didn’t really mention that it was a Francis Lung song so this live version of it has existed on Youtube as a WU LYF song since then. During lockdown I played some streaming ‘concerts’ and people started requesting it, which inspired me to record a definitive version of it, which in turn inspired me to record some of the other songs played during the ‘concerts’ in this stripped back way. ‘Songs From A Living Room’ is a sort of memento of this bizarre, singular moment in our lifetime When I’d finished I asked fans on Instagram which other songs/versions they’d enjoyed and I half listened/half did what I wanted and thusly the track listing was born. I hadn’t recorded anything completely alone at home since my Vol I EP (2015) so I wanted to dust off my engineering chops. It was recorded on a Yamaha MT8X Cassette 8 track & Logic, and features vinyl samples of various classical records (which may or may not be in the public domain), and I also stole an intro from a punk compilation featuring my English teacher’s old band.

There are mellow versions of Up & Down & Unnecessary Love from A Dream Is U for sad people who hate drums, an electric cover of J Mascis’ acoustic guitar bummer ‘Several Shades of Why’, completely undanceable versions of Dance 4 Sorrow & A Selfish Man and a bluegrass cover of Paul Westerbergs ‘Androgynous’ dedicated to every non-binary kid out there struggling, growing up in a world that doesn’t want them to have rights. I guess that for better or worse, this is a pivotal time and I wanted to put out a record that was a snapshot of this moment, like a piece of wedding cake that sits in the freezer for 30 years and ends up lasting longer than your marriage.


Released August 27th, 2020

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