Francis and the Lights is a Oakland-based musical project led by singer-songwriter-producer Francis Farewell Starlite. My City’s Gone is a beautifully haunting track that’s carried by lonesome piano keys, softly sparkling electronics, and vocal effects that add an extra pinch of charm.
Best New Tracks
When historians look back at this decade in electronic music, they will determine that every band had a male producer and female vocalists. Call it the Matt and Kim Corollary. Which brings us to XYLO and their best new song, “Get Closer.” While it’s not an advert for my favorite Joy Division album like I first hoped, it is heartbreaking pop song with pulse and emotional resonance to spare.
Brooklyn-based new artist Gigi Mead aka DAEVA describes herself as “local demon girl sings songs,” even though her track, Dream, sounds absolutely heavenly. The track opens with glittering electronics and her light and airy vocals that add even more shimmer to the calming dream-pop track.
The curse of 2016 struck once again on November 7 when it was announced that Leonard Cohen had passed away at the age of 82. Mere weeks prior, Cohen had graced us with his fourteenth and final studio album, the beguiling You Want It Darker – the title track for which today receives an unlikely remix from German electronic veteran Paul Kalkbrenner.