Turn on the Lights

If you haven't already heard, Muxtape as we knew it is no more. It plans to re-launch as a service for bands using the simple interface we've all come to love. If you click that link, you can read an incredibly detailed and interesting history on the demise and re-birth of Muxtape. Also if you click that link, you'll immediately be treated to a preview of what the new site will offer, in the form of the fantastic 2008 EP by Francis and the Lights. Wait, you don't know Francis and the Lights? Well neither did I until I fatefully stumbled upon the Muxtape announcement. A little sleuthing unearthed a band that is criminally unknown, a fact it appears Muxtape's creator Justin has tried to remedy.

If you don't fall in love after one listen to "Striking", I pity you. It begins with a few blips of instruments, like a high school band shedding nervous energy before the first note of the first song. And then they start playing and...holy guacamole. I've raved about Tigercity before, but this has more soul. It's less Hall and Oates and tons more Prince. They've only got 9k listens on their myspace page over the course of a year! I can't believe you're not listening to Francis and the Lights right now! They're so unknown that they want you to have both of their records for free on their website. They want you to tell people, as I am doing right now. I don't think you'll have a problem doing so.

Download your heart out.

[from Striking]
Night Watchman
[from A Modern Promise]


Anonymous yetunknown said...

i could fall in love with music like this. thank you.

8:00 AM  

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