J W Francis is at Hyde Park Book Club on 10 May

New York’s self-styled ‘lofi jangle dream slacker bedroom pop’ artist JW FRANCIS is back in the UK for a series of headline shows, as part of a wider European tour.

“an album that’s a total delight” The Sunday Times

“a catchy and cosy indie offering” The Evening Standard
New York lo-fi fave gets his Valentine’s heart on” UNCUT
“Like finding a little sun-drenched corner of Central Park to sit down in and call your own” DIY Magazine
“like a daydream, crackling with familiarity, and yet from somewhere far beyond” The Line of Best Fit
“a series of slicker, off piste jangle pop gems” CLASH
Wonderfully daft blast of summery indie pop that sounds like Mac De Marco and Julian Casablancas cutting loose on a beach holiday” The New Cue

JW and his band are supporting  new album ‘Dream House’, which is out now (via Sunday Best Recordings).  https://www.jwfrancis.com/shows  Across 12 quirky, technicolour sonic vignettes, JW Francis showcases every side of his wholesome 3D approach to guitar pop.
Opening double-salvo ‘Going Home To A Party’ and ‘Casino’ highlight his penchant for broad-grinning recourse to simple joy, whilst ‘Dream House’ and ‘Sweet As A Rose’ explore floaty subtleties, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Basketball’ leans into bouncy and surreal playfulness.

When JW isn’t writing songs about his own life or off-kilter imagery, he writes about other people – most notably around February when he writes valentines songs on his fans’ behalf. ‘Dream House’ is in fact built around this collection of glorious tracks written for other people. 

Credit: Eva Pentel

JW: “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.”

Written and recorded at the start of 2021 in NYC, ‘Dream House’ takes cues from The Strokes, with hints of Lou ReedMac Demarco or Her’s however the project is still quintessential JW Francis. The blissful melodies and dreamy instrumentation perfectly fit the album’s title.
Thursday 4th May – London (UK) – Oslo
Friday 5th May – Liverpool (UK) – Jimmy’s
Saturday 6th May – Glasgow (UK) – The Hug & Pint
Sunday 7th May – Edinburgh (UK) – Sneaky Pete’s
Tuesday 9th May – Newcastle (UK) – The Cluny
Wednesday 10th May – Leeds (UK) – Hyde Park Book Club
Thursday 11 May – Manchester (UK) – Night And Day
Tickets on sale here: https://www.jwfrancis.com/shows
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Cover photograph by Meg McConville.

Leeds Living