Francis Lung’s dreamy, kaleidoscopic sonic creations are at once mesmerising and intricate taking you on a meandering, captivating journey with each song. Ahead of playing The Old Blue Last tonight we caught up with the former Wu Lyf bassist to get to know him In Short.

Having released his debut solo record, A Dream Is U, in August, Francis Lung has very deservedly earned great acclaim for his own distinct brand of shimmering pop gems. Imbued with a certain hazy nostalgia, his aptitude for crafting resplendent riffs and lo-fi indie-pop grooves shines through across A Dream Is U and offers a richly textured and intricately crafted sonic cosmos to fully immerse yourself in.

Ahead of his show at The Old Blue Last tonight, get to know Francis Lung In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

sad smile pop

Last photo on your phone…

a screenshot of ‘i want you (she’s so heavy)’ from the new abbey road remaster on spotify

Favourite instagram account…

@chicobrenes

The best venue I’ve played…

villa noailles, hyeres, france for MIDI festival. anyone who’s been can vouch for me.

Earliest song you remember…

definitely the theme song to thomas the tank engine

The worst job I’ve ever had…

i worked in the cafe of a kids play centre for two years. i had no work experience and it was the only place that would hire me. the noise was deafening at all times. i used to have to dress up as a blue monster called ‘Hairy’ and sing nursery rhymes and dance with the kids.

Favourite food on tour…

if im in europe, Lays bolognese flavour crisps. in fact sampling the various styles and flavours of crisps around the world is surely tourings greatest pleasure.

My Favourite word…

melisma – “a group of notes sung to one syllable of text.” its fun to say

Things that cheer me up…

ice cream works without fail. bloopers. practical jokes. grilled cheese sandwiches.
If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

vietnam! in the hanoi opera house, in between gaining 1000 pounds eating street food and drinking 1000 beers

I think you should listen to…

Bowie at the beeb – It’s a collection of sessions bowie did in the 60’s/70’s at the BBC. it was made back when the BBC sessions were more like opportunities for musicians to re-record or reinterpret their songs, you could add overdubs, double track the vocals, all while using the best equipment the BBC could buy. some of the best versions of early Bowie songs are on here, including arguably the superior ‘Ziggy Stardust’.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

#1 record era big star, the kinks, karen dalton, bowie, nina simone, judee sill, women. also to see rachmaninov playing piano would’ve been amazing. there’s too much stuff. i’ve barely scratched the surface.

Francis Lung plays The Old Blue Last tonight, tickets here.

Photo credit: Coraline Monnet