Track of the Day: 'For Days'

More

Past TracksThere are any number of reasons why you may have heard of Francis and the Lights. You could have caught them opening for Drake, on his Away From Home tour last spring, or for MGMT, or Ke$ha. You may have been an original believer in the digital mixtape site Muxtape, where they were an early fixture. Or it's possible you heard that they were the one of the first bands to ever be incorporated as an LLC, with an investment of $100,000 from the future-thinking but now defunct Normative Music Company.

Or could it simply be that you just like their music, the sleek, pared-down electro pop that's inspired its share of Prince and Peter Gabriel comparisons? Led by frontman Francis Farewell Starlight--yes, that's what his ID says--the New York-based band has inspired a modest but devoted following. This is music for an iPad generation. All three of their albums can be streamed for free along with two music videos on Muxtape, as well as being available for download on iTunes. For a band so focused on the digital, they make for a kinetic live act in person, where Francis cuts it up on stage so much, you might not even feel the need to.

This song, "For Days," is off their most recent album, 2010's It'll Be Better. Francis is no stranger to wistful, yearning lyrics, and these are some of his best. "It's a shame/that's what it is," he begins. "I've been watching you for days now/I'd never say/I wish that it would happen/but in a way I wish it would/.....If there was just an airstrike/ or a natural disaster/ you could have been mine." The strange notion of the apocalypse as a prompt for love comes out of nowhere, but then again so do airstrikes. And while the lyrics touch on something even deeper and darker maybe, who hasn't thought about pre- or post-apocalyptic love? It's oddly romantic in a way. Why haven't you heard of Francis and the Lights? It's a shame, that's what it is. But now you have.

On iTunes: Francis and the Lights / "For Days"

new track button.png
Jump to comments
Presented by

Eli Rosenberg is a writer in Washington, D.C. whose work has appeared on Esquire.com, Salon, and The Onion's A.V. Club.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In