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“Bad Hair Day” is the first taste of his Francis Lung’s forthcoming second album, “Miracle” which is set for release via Memphis Industries on 18 June 2021.

“Bad Hair Day” is a relentlessly catchy and deceptively upbeat ode to hangovers and missed connections. Sonically, the song arrives as a fusion of power-pop and sunny art-rock where angular guitars dart around glowing melodies and quickfire percussion. “For me, [Miracle] is about the struggle between my self destructive side and my problem-solving, constructive side,” says Francis. “I suppose through a lot of these songs I’m dealing with these emotional problems, acknowledging the negative aspects of my behaviour instead of burying them, and providing an alternative point of view for myself”. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’s earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy and Elliott Smith.

The album opens with ‘Bad Hair Day’, a relentlessly catchy—and deceptively upbeat—ode to hangovers and missed connections. “I’ve been calling on you all night /But I never get through, I just get in the way” Francis laments; “I am a cloud in the sun’s light/Whatever I do, whatever I say.” Elsewhere, the title track finds him pondering the fickle nature of the music industry: “I think of [Miracle] as acknowledging and even encouraging the feelings we’re not supposed to succumb to – giving up, giving in – just because it can be comforting to hear it from someone else. ‘Why am I climbing these social ladders and jumping through the hoops of this creative industry? Does this make me happy?’”

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These themes of longing, and lacking, missing and being missed, reoccur throughout Miracle. “When I die/Will I be missed/Or am I missing the point?” asks ‘Say So’; while ‘Lonesome No More’, inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut book of the same name, begs the question: if loneliness was eradicated, would we miss it? By confronting these feelings, Francis is able to move forward, as triumphant album closer ‘The Let Down’ proves. Its lyrics serve as a call to action, as Francis wills himself (and the listener) to ‘Get up/Get something going/Do something, do it/Do it now’

Miracle was produced by Francis in collaboration with Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, Matthew Halsall, Kiran Leonard) and Robin Koob (who co-arranged and performed strings). The opportunity to take creative control was one Francis relished. “I’m quite bad at delegating” he admits, noting that he played every instrument except strings on Miracle. The result is a cohesive, deeply personal record, which is as vital as it is vulnerable. “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.”

Francis Lung, the uber-talented Manchester singer songwriter (& former Wu lyf man), to the dinked fold. Despite its serious subject matter, ‘miracle’ is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Fancis’s earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like brian wilson or elliott smith & the prog-like maximalism of b.c.camplight or field music. the album opens with ‘Bad Hair Day’, a relentlessly catchy – & deceptively upbeat – ode to hangovers & missed connections & from here on in, we are besotted.

Released February 24th, 2021

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. 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.

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released July 22nd, 2020

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.

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Released August 27th, 2020

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When Francis Lung describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Lung’s much-anticipated debut album “A Dream Is U” is both bold and enthusiastic, a kaleidoscopic journey informed by the greats but also one that is wonderfully enigmatic, the sound of a multi-instrumentalist tying together all manner of influences into one beautifully cohesive album.

Following on from the home-recorded Volumes 1 and 2 EPs, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu Lyf, A Dream Is U is the first fully-realised Francis Lung record, a studio undertaking brought to life with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin), a colourful patchwork of vision and ingenuity. “Before we started recording I knew exactly what the arrangements were in my head” Francis says, reflecting on the time spent devising his new work. “It was kind of my mission to capture everything as it was in my imagination”.

Touching upon the universal themes of addiction, faith, and love in all of its confusion, A Dream Is U is a collection of characters and stories that plays out something like a Harvey Pekar comic strip; an obsessive chronicle of daily lives twisted into new shapes by the unique mind and manners of their narrator. With flashes of striking colour and an ever-present wry smile, Francis Lung has created a debut album that drifts between simple acceptance and exuberant yearning for more. “My favourite part is when it talks about escaping to another universe,” Francis says of one song in particular, Unnecessary Love. “Although it’s a doomed and impossible dream, it’s amusing to me that if we survive long enough it could be a real possibility.”

At times boisterous and radiant, elsewhere contemplative and brooding, A Dream Is U feels like being awake in dreams, like stepping outside of the daily rotation; like shadows leaving their dancing bodies to waltz away to their own tune. For fans of The Beach Boys, Belle and Sebastian and Elephant 6 Records.

Francis Lung (Tom McClung) describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Released later this summer, Lung’s much-anticipated debut. His new single “Up & Down” – the latest track to be taken from his debut album “A Dream Is U” (out 02nd august 2019).

“up & down” is a bipolar love story – two lovers with manic mood swings,

Manchester’s own Francis Lung, the nom de plume of former Wu Lyf member Tom Mclung, releases his new single his debut release for Memphis Industries, where he joins the likes of the go! team, poliça, field music, it comes with a gorgeously intricate self-produced video.

Following on from the home-recorded volumes 1 + 2 eps, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu lyf, sees Francis Lung return with a bigger, more expansive sound. recorded at low four studios with brendan williams on production duties (Dutch Uncles, Go Go penguin) it’s a baroque pop rocket that signals Francis Lung’s new found ambitions.

from the debut album ‘A Dream Is U’ out August 2nd on Memphis Industries

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Beyond stoked to tell you that ex member of Wu lyf  Francis Lung just signed to Memphis Industries and my first single ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams’ is out today! , please put your hands together for Francis Lung, the latest addition to the Memphis industries cannon!.

The video was crafted over four months by Francis and follows a young boy who falls asleep and turns into his dream alter-ego ‘ghostface’, as Francis explains:

“Ghostface is a character I’ve been drawing for years, but I’ve never been quite sure why. i thought it would be nice to give him some purpose by creating this story about him. I’ve never made anything like this before but for some foolish reason i thought it would be a good idea to spend four months of my life learning how to animate. it’s a combination of stop motion, keyframe and hand-drawn animation and it’s made up of thousands upon thousands of frames. I nearly pulled out all my hair making it.”

Francis Lung is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album, expect to hear more from Francis Lung very soon.

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With Shimmering guitars former WU LYF member launches his new single on Dazed Digital Records,