15 October, 2021Print
Miles Francis Reveals Blissful & Melancholic "Popular" Remix (Future Generations)
“A brighter twist on the dark track that explores male ego and the need for power...bouncy bop that sheds new light on the way social media...creates unattainable ideals" - The Wild Honey Pie
"Miles Francis has such a unique sound...hypnotic energy that feels like a party" - Earmilk
“Singer-songwriter and producer Miles Francis is a relatively new artist on our radars, but their new song ‘Popular’ has instantly made them a new favorite” - Sweety High
Today, New York City singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Miles Francis shared a stirring remix of their recent single "Popular," reinterpreted by indie-pop band Future Generations and premiered via The Wild Honey Pie. This follows Francis’ “Service”remix from Overcoats, drawing love from KCRW, Earmilk & beyond.
Francis explains: "The lyrics in ‘Popular’ are, at their core, dark and stem from a kind of sadness - the original song works really hard to cover that sadness up. This version strips away all of that pretense, yet it simultaneously packages the sadness up even cleaner - which is disconcerting in a whole new way.” Future Generations' Eddie Gore continues: "The line, 'I live to be popular,' is so poignant for our day and age especially with social media. It's an inherently sad thought that so many people feel like their self worth is tied to their popularity. Still, the remix is not without its grand moments, and to me those moments are representative of the times when you start to believe your own bullshit; that this really is the path to happiness."
Listen / Share: "Popular" (Future Generations Remix)
In celebration of the original “Popular” single -- featuring Lizzie Loveless and Lou Tides (aka Lizzie and Teeny Lieberson, formerly of TEEN) on background vocals -- Francis took to the streets of New York for live performances from a moving truck (watch footage from "Popularalooza” here). Francis’ original "Service" video also serves as an alt-pop romp exploring the dark side of devotion - complete with mesmerizing boy band clone choreography that mirrors Miles' own recording process in quarantine.
The polymathic artist is known for collaborating with the likes of Angélique Kidjo, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, also earning praise from the likes of FADER, Stereogum, KCRW and beyond for their solo work on 2018’s SwimmersEP. Naming shapeshifters like Prince and David Bowie among their essential touchstones along with Afrobeat music, Francis ultimately alchemizes those inspirations with their childhood obsession with early 2000's boy bands. The result is a highly percussive form of art-pop, both lavishly orchestrated and visceral in impact. "I grew up with Backstreet Boys posters lining my bedroom walls, floor to ceiling. That era of music is dear to my heart, but upon closer look those songs are ridden with anxiety, songs about male adolescence written by grown men.”
Francis matches their incisive observations with a direct outpouring of feeling and, in many cases, fantastically offbeat humor. On “Service,” they deliver a pitch-perfect send-up of the over-the-top obsequiousness that pervades countless classic boy-band songs (“There’s this very impulsive offering of help and support, in a way that makes you wonder if there’s some other motive that’s not named in the lyrics,” Francis notes). On “Popular,” that seemingly supportive character is turned into a monster. "It's my own little Jekyll and Hyde," Francis adds. "One minute, it's 'I'll do anything for you' - the next minute, it's 'I don't care for you.'" The music reflects that shift, as "Popular" barrels forward from the first drumstick count-in to the last guitar lick. "I am interested in man's two-faced-ness - our ability to show one thing to the world and someone completely different in private."
"Popular" and "Service" are, at their core, about ego. "Power is essential to the male ego. That ego is a house of cards, of course, threatened by even the slightest loss of control. These songs and videos are meant to illustrate that delicate balance between control and disarray."
About Miles Francis:
Polymathic artist Miles Francis is already known amongst musicians as one of the best kept secrets of the NYC music scene. Since they started playing – first the drums at 6, then guitar, bass, keyboards, other percussion – they have been an audiophile of the highest order. As a working musician, Miles has collaborated and performed with Sharon Jones, Amber Mark, Angelique Kidjo, Allen Toussaint, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and many others; toured the world with Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Antibalas, and EMEFE; and appeared on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman. Following 2018’s Swimmers EP, Francis has released two new singles in 2021 - “Service” & “Popular” - from a project to be announced later this year.
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