Neal Francis

City: Chicago
Country: Illinois
Genre: Pop, R&B/Soul
Styles: Funk, Pop Soul
on hashbrandnew.com since November 05, 2021

Neal Francis’ sophomore album ‘In Plain Sight’ offers up a body of work both enchanting and painfully self-aware, recorded entirely on tape with his bandmates. Mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Fridmann (Spoon, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips), the album spotlights Francis’s refined yet free-spirited performance on piano, an instrument he took up at the age of four. The album came to life over the course of a tumultuous year spent living in a possibly haunted church in Chicago. The result: a portrait of profound upheaval and weary resilience, presented in a kaleidoscopic sound that’s endlessly absorbing. ‘In Plain Sight’ ultimately reveals the possibility of redemption and transformation even as your world falls apart.   “When I started the process of writing these songs, I was so emotionally out-of-sorts and really kind of hopeless that I’d be able to come up with anything,” says Francis. “But then I sat down and started working, and embraced whatever inspiration came my way. Sometimes it felt like beating my head against a wall, but I tried to trust that it would lead somewhere. The whole thing was like a weird dream—this very strange time of terrible, wonderful isolation.”

Source [Spotify]

Releases

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Concerts

March 03, 2023 Steamboat Springs, CO WinterWonderGrass
Songkick
March 24, 2023 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
Songkick
March 25, 2023 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
Songkick
March 31, 2023 Tahoe City, CA WinterWonderGrass Tahoe
Songkick
November 17, 2023 Copenhagen, Denmark Råhuset
Songkick