Dan Francia Dishes Up a Buffet of Sound with Some Help From His Friends on New Track “Stereotype”

Photo by Julia Lieby

Photo by Julia Lieby

Dan Francia’s “Stereotype” is a whimsical, light-hearted rock bopper from his pending full-length debut, Come Back To Life. As a bassist heavily inspired by Mike Watt, his first solo record (after many years spent playing in Brooklyn’s Flagland) is an inclusive ode to the east coast music scene, featuring an enormous cast of musicians and friends. “Stereotype” alone involves 11 collaborators, from established musicians from groups such as Ovlov, gobbinjr, Fits, Titus Andtronicus, to budding artists like Shea Stadium organizer Nora Dabdoub, who makes her musical debut on lead vocals with an experimental groove and unique structure.

“Stereotype” opens with a radiant pop keyboard melody and bounces into its own world of strange but well-orchestrated bliss. The arrangement evokes the spontaneous and communal nature that brought it to be. "One night I decided to play around with my roommate's keyboard she had recently acquired,” Says Francia, “I ended up writing three tracks for the album that night, all on the keyboard.” The finished product was born from and even includes the original voice memo recording that Francia made that night.

This collage-like buffet of instruments, recording styles and artistic visions renders “Stereotype” a fun, eclectic and pleasantly unconventional track. His collaborative record, Come Back to Life, carries a theme of resilience and togetherness, of perseverance in a deeply flawed world with the help of loved ones. It’s a record to help people see that there are still beautiful things, people, and ideas in this world.

With the help of friends, Dan explores what it means to truly be alive, both light and dark, free of restrictions, and open minded in every way. Come Back to Life is due out January 25th via Exploding In Sound Records.

For now, give the lead single, “Stereotype” a spin (or several) here at phluff.

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