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Genuinely warm and beautiful pop ballads from ex WU LYF man Francis Lung. Gone are the barely contained chaos and snarls of his past life and in its place is A Dream Is U, something almost... comforting. Captures that pleasant pastoral psychedelia the Beatles occasionally reached for. On Memphis Industries.

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A Dream Is U by Francis Lung
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5/10 Daoud 05 August 2019

I wasn’t as swept up by WU LYF as some of my friends but at the very least I could respect their ambition. here was a guitar band making self-consciously weird music that seemed destined to fill stadiums and arenas. Soaring choruses over obviously chord changes delivered by a kind of demonic howl. If nothing else, it was enticing.

That band broke up in mysterious circumstances and now one of them has released ‘A Dream Is U’ as Francis Lung. The goal of the project is, in Lung’s own words, to “incite Beatlemania”. Now, there’s no denying the musical chops here. No one could deny Lung has listened to the Beatles. But I do wonder if he understands their appeal. You see, the Fab Four were massive dorks. Utter weirdos. Complete losers. And they channeled that, with a little help of their musical talent, into songs that have charmed generation after generation of rock music fan.

Francis Lung as a project, or at least its debut album ‘A Dream Is U’ isn’t weird. It takes the palette of 60s sunshine-y pop, and makes 10 perfectly pleasant love songs with them. At the very least Lung uses a bit of violin to inject a bit of bombast from to time, but otherwise it’s acoustic guitars, organs, and extremely mellow vocals.

Beyond the Beatles the other obvious touch stones are the Magnetic Fields and Jens Lekman, who again, are completely willing to drop the pretence and just do something silly. I don’t know at what point that stopped being true for Lung.




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