Having previously made a mark as part of art-rock outfit WU LYF, Manchester’s Tom McClung (aka. Francis Lung) now steps out on his own with new release, ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams.’ Having spent time honing his craft via two well received home-recorded EP’s, this is his first single since signing to the prestigious Memphis Industries, who also house The Go! Team, POLIÇA and Field Music.
It’s a beautiful, dreamy song, that takes off from the start with a simple piano and guitar refrain, that wouldn’t sound amiss on one of Albert Hammond Jr’s solo records. There’s a self-professed channeling of The Beatles that runs straight through the track, with some woozy Lennon-esque vocals, and the recurring lyrical motifs bring to mind specifically ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ and ‘Nowhere Man.’ A luscious string section halfway through really lifts the track, which it then builds upon for a widescreen, cinematic ending. Production duties throughout are deftly and expertly handled by Brendan Williams (collaborator of fellow Mancs Dutch Uncles and Go Go Penguin).
Make sure as well to check out the accompanying video, which was animated by Lung intricately frame by frame over a period of four months.
It’s a tantalizing taster for his as-yet-untitled debut album, which is in its final stages of production. Expect it before the end of 2019. In the meantime, Francis Lung will be holding a special one off performance to mark the release of the single, at The Sebright Arms, London, on March 30th. Tickets are available now.
The new single ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams’ is out now – available to Stream/Purchase here.
Photo Credit: Coralie Monnet