New York, NY’s Miles Francis will be releasing his debut EP, entitled Swimmers, on February 2, 2018. The EP’s dazzling first track , “Take It,” was premiered by The Fader today. Click HERE to watch the video, choreographed by Blake Krapels and directed by Charles Billot. Click HERE to stream the song.
At only 26 years of age, Miles Francis is already known amongst musicians as one of the best kept secrets of the NYC music scene. Since he started playing – first the drums at 6, then guitar, bass, keyboards, other percussion, anything he could get his hands on – he’s been an audiophile of the highest order. As a working musician, Miles has collaborated and performed with Mark Ronson, 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.
And now comes Swimmers — the 5-song EP, replete with meticulous and supremely catchy songs, is a brilliant introduction to an exciting new voice in leftfield pop. Nothing is looped and there’s no computer magic filling in missing lines; Swimmers is pop music with an edge. Swimmers also captures the heady mood and vibe of one’s early 20’s remarkably well, written in the back of a tour van and various hotel rooms, and then recorded by Miles alone in his basement studio. “These five songs captured a raw time for me, when life seemed to be coming to a head. I made an effort not to touch or edit them too much once I had recorded them. I wanted to keep that intimacy in there,” he says. Indeed, these are songs from someone who knows what he wants to say, how to say it, and perhaps most importantly, how to keep you listening. And you’ll definitely want to keep listening.
Miles Francis will be playing a residency at Brooklyn’s C’Mon Everybody this winter, in addition to co-headlining with Operator Music Band on select Northeast shows. Dates are below.
1.25 – Brooklyn, NY @ C’mon Everybody / with Sam OB, Novelty Daughter, TEEN (DJ)
1.26 – Hudson, NY @ Half Moon / with Nancy Feast & Lizzie Loveless
2.1 – Brooklyn, NY @ C’mon Everybody / with Carlos Hernandez, BaeBro (DJ)
2.8 – Brooklyn, NY @ C’mon Everybody / with Zenizen, Will Butler (DJ)
2.9 – New Haven, CT @ Never Get To Be Cool / with Operator Music Band
2.10 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge / with Operator Music Band & Robert Earl Thomas
2.11 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House / with Operator Music Band
2.12 – Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle / with Operator Music Band & Veranda Liv
2.13 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G / with Operator Music Band
2.17 – Providence, RI @ Funky Jungle / with Nancy Feast & Space Heater & Ugly Ghost
2.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Hole / with Sam OB