Daily Archives: February 23, 2012
Spring break my junior year, I went to a concert in a church with an amazing line up. But what really caught my attention was the opening act: Robert Francis. His voice echoed through stone walls as he strained to give the performance all he had and his band’s noisy yet precise instruments washed over the crowd. In short, he left a strong impression on me. I immediately purchased both of his albums and they remain in my top 10 most played albums on my iTunes. But sadly, for the past 3 years Francis has been pretty much off the radar. At least until now. As of last week, Robert Francis released the first single off of his upcoming album Strangers In The First Place set for release May 22. This is his frist release on Vanguard Records (he was previously on Atlantic) and with a new label comes a new sound. On the single “Some Things Never Change” Francis opens up the song in his normal fashion with a quiet resonating voice and guitar to match. But the song quickly moves in a new direction as he reaches the chorus. While the song retains the same passion, lyrical precision and even the same instruments, the song sounds a little less bitter and a bit warmer. A little less indie boy from the rough and wild outdoors and more like he’s cruising down a California beach at sunset. And let me tell you, it’a a beautiful image. But that doesn’t mean that Francis has lost his original style. In the acoustic session Boulevard Studios, Robert Francis strips down the song and really shows of his chops. Check out it above and be sure to download the single from his website (ignore the furry creature on his head).