On his new album Minutes of Sleep, Francis Harris continues to grapple with the subjects of memory, loss and profound grief that suffused his debut. Writing this time in tribute to his mother who sadly passed the following year, he revisits deeply personal territory on with newfound perspective, heightened confidence and a markedly refined approach, yielding a noticeably matured and eloquent statement which transcends sorrowful brooding and rumination. This mood is reflected in the abstract isolation of the Guillaume Grasset-directed video for Dangerdream which premiered on Flaunt this week. Francis reflects on the very themes of loss and grieving with Impose Magazine as well, offering a personal glimpse into the mindset mirrored in the music on the new album.
It was through recording Leland that Harris first broke from his decade long preoccupation with solitary electronic music production under his Adultnapper alias. Seeking to infuse his formal compositions with emotional content, Harris employed the singular talents of Danish vocalist Gry Bagøien, trumpeter Greg Paulus (No Regular Play) and cellist Emil Abramyan, each of whom provided truly inspiring passages throughout that album. All three return on Minutes of Sleep, along with Léah Lazonick on piano, session player Brendan Golle on keys and Harris’ childhood mate Gabe Hedrick on guitar. Harris even contributed to the sessions himself with some guitar and piano work, rekindling of his passion for instrumentation, collaboration and performance.
Minutes of Sleep is out now on Scissor and Thread.
After years of releases and DJ dates as Adultnapper, Francis Harris unveils Minutes Of Sleep, the second LP under his own name on Scissor and Thread.
Writing this time after the death of his mother, he visits deeply personal territory but makes this album enjoyable by avoiding the morose. Breaking even more from his previous preoccupation with solitary electronic music production, the end result is an album that connects the electronic and dance worlds to modern classical and experimental compositions.
Joined by an eclectic range of musicians, each track has an individuality yet all are held together by beauty. You Can Always Leave is a worthy illustration of Francis Harris’ capabilities. It’s gorgeous, sensuous, clever and unique yet reassuringly accessible.
What She Said is a teaser of a song; it leaves you wanting more as does New Rain which is simple yet it draws you straight in.
Dangerdream (How Che Guevara’s Death and Bob Dylan’s Dream Militarised Brigate Rosse) is as quirky as its title but still has feeling and delicacy.
Francis Harris also recently released album track Lean Back with XLR8R. Lean Back is a spacey house cut featuring No Regular Play’s, Greg Paulus.
Minutes of Sleep will be released February 24 2014. The album will be issued digitally and on a double vinyl LP which includes a bonus experimental remix of Dangerdream by the seminal DJ/Producer and intellectual Terre Thaemlitz.
By Kate Dexter
Filed under Music, Reviews
With years of DJing at the world’s top clubs and over fifty electronic dance music releases as Adultnapper, Sycophant Slags and lightbluemover to his credit, one might think Francis Harris had reached the pinnacle of his career, or at least firmly established his niche.
But 2012 marked a pivotal year for the Brooklyn-based producer in which his true potential as a composer, producer and label head was revealed. It was then that Harris dropped his Adultnapper alias, stepping to the fore under his given name with his first full length, Leland, an opus conceived as a requiem to his father.
Now Francis has announced the second LP under his real name with Minutes of Sleep set for release February 24 2014 on Scissor and Thread, the label he founded in 2012. The first single You Can Always Leave was released recently and now has a video to accompany it.
The video for You Can Always Leave was given a gorgeous 8mm video treatment, with the crackling tactile elements of film adding depth to the chilly track. Noisey premiered the Kenneth James Gibson-directed video last week.