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“The song is about the juxtaposition of feeling small in an endless universe while reflecting on the significance of my own birth and existence,” Frances shared. “It’s about learning to move slowly through the world, listening to nature, and trusting that I can find my answers within.” 

She further explained how this single was the cornerstone for the full record, and how she’d been inspired by an album cover created by her friend Adrian Crowley, “a still life of different objects including nails, a seahorse, ash, and shells.” See continued, “Later on I dreamt I was swimming in the sea close to dark somewhere off the coast of Mayo. I looked up at the sky and saw his album cover looking back at me. It appeared real; the seahorse and nail on the horizon with all the planets and stars made of stone and ash. In the dream, I asked Adrian about it and he told me it wasn’t a still life after all, but actually the sky when seen at night in a special part of Mayo from a particular angle, when you walk out to the Atlantic Ocean. It was to be kept a secret because the world wasn’t ready to know about it yet. I wrote ‘This Still Life’ the next day, and a week later began recording “Protector” with my band.”

Watch the Ella Margolin–directed video for “This Still Life”

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With a sound that recalls the dream-like drifts of Vanishing Twin, Stereolab, & Broadcast, Frances conjures a brilliantly hazy yet focused work that is damn near impossible not to get lost within. The songs traverse and inhabit this indeterminate landscape: the beginnings of love, moments of loss, discovery, fragility and strength, all intermingle and interact. ‘Land of No Junction’ is shot through with a sense of mystery – an ambiguity and disorientation that illuminates with smokey luminescence. yet, through the haze, everything comes down to what, where and who you are.

Derry says: “basin rock continue their 100% record of only releasing brilliant records & Aoife Nessa Frances has put out an album that fits right next to Julie Byrne & Nadia Reid at the pinnacle of current classic song writing. She didn’t seem to get as much attention as Aldous Harding or Cate LeBon, but her talent is at that level and this album rivals anything either has done. These psychedelic tinged folk songs may require several listens before they hit home, but with little but time on my hands I was happy to let it happen. This could be the low key sleeper album of the year.

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Aoife Nessa Frances’ debut album Land of No Junction, one of the few good things to come out of 2020, doesn’t feel like a first record. With her breezy early ’70s sound, the rich timbre of her voice and atmospheric production, she possesses a world-weariness that few other newcomers can evoke. Frances recorded the LP at Oxford Lane Music Society Studio in Ranelagh, Dublin, accompanied by Brendan Jenkinson (keyboard, engineering and mixing), Brendan Doherty (percussion) and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (strings). Land of No Junction actually gets its name from Frances’ mishearing of Nugent’s boyhood trips to Wales, she says, “passing through a station called Llandudno Junction… Land of No Junction later became a place in itself. A liminal space – a dark vast landscape to visit in dreams.”

Blow Up’ by Aoife Nessa Frances
Directed by Anna McCarthy

‘Geranium’ by Aoife Nessa Frances
Video by Cáit Fahey & Anna McCarthy

Taken from the album ‘Land of No Junction’ released January 2020