JW Francis is set to release his new album ‘Dream House’ on 27th January via Sunday Best Recordings. To help mark the occasion, the self-styled “lofi jangle dream slacker bedroom pop” artist has unveiled his latest single ‘Going Home to a Party.’
Francis explains the single was made with a variety of references in mind, from the beat of ‘The Whole of the Moon’ by the Waterboys to the three main characters in the video: Steve from Blues Clues, Mr. Rodgers, and Bob Ross.
“The beat for example is a sped up version of the beat from The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys,” he reveals. “Similarly I wanted the video to have a lot of references related to how people perceive me. I’ve been compared to all three of the main characters in the video: Steve from Blues Clues, Mr. Rodgers, and Bob Ross. It’s always joked that these three pillars of wholesomeness have a dark side so I wanted to bring that dark side to life and portray them cartoonishly getting into hijinks. Like all of my videos though, goodness wins in the end.”
‘Dream House’ is a built around songs that Francis has written for his fans over the past three years as part of an annual Valentine’s Day giveaway. He explains: “Every year, about 6 weeks before Valentine’s Day, I make the following post on social media:
“If you send me the name of your Valentine, and the reason you love them, I’ll write a song for them on your behalf.”
That is how Dream House was born, 3 years ago. Over the past three years, I have received over 300 requests from fans to write songs for their loved ones. All of the songs on Dream House come from this project, some of them have been reworked to speak more to the artist’s life, others have remained exactly as they were first written. Ultimately, this is an album about caring for others, and the way we express it.”
Fans can catch JW Francis on tour in January and February, with dates in Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol, Letchworth, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, and Southampton.