Robert Francis released his seventh studio album Indian Summer back in November through Aeronaut Records. Recorded over ten days in the Silver Lake neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Robert not only produced the 13-song album with Marc Gabor, but he played every instrument on it himself.
The personal and telling lyrics of The Brand are a reflection of a singer who has never been comfortable playing the industry game and has generally avoided tangling his music and career with corporate interests. Watch the new video below and ask “Is there such a thing as too much integrity?”
Try make a living from your art
Try make a living from your heart
Go on and tell yourself you’re free
How’s being free with no money?
You draw a line into the sand
And you erase it for The Brand
A reflection on our times, the songs of Indian Summer touch on everything from complex relationships between blue-collar residents and refugees in Hamtramck, Michigan, the first majority-Muslim city in the United States (“Joseph Campau”), to a Native American couple’s ill-fated journey off a reservation in northeast California (“Modoc County”). Robert has never been more forceful as a lyricist and the result is an album that is contemplative and immediate, a no-frills forty-seven-minute examination of what it is to be alive today.
Photo Credit: Julia Brokaw