Crisis and conflict with Emily Francis Trio


Emily Francis Trio blew us away last month with their single ‘Idol’, and now they return with another impressive offering.

‘The Kite & The Crow’ draws inspiration from contemporaries such as Tigran Hamasayan and Vels Trio, combining jazz with psychedelia, electro and prog-rock.

The new song moves things forward into a dramatic and denser realm, with a repeated rhythmic motif in the bassline that creates tension as a cross-rhythm. Emily’s gorgeously powerful keyboard solo takes over before a beautiful melodic synth-led outro.

Speaking about the new track, the band explain: “The Kite and The Crow reflects on the nature of conflict and debate in today’s society, which has become increasingly polarized and judgmental. During lockdown we noticed a red kite which kept invading a crow’s nesting territory. The invasion by the kite and the subsequent aerial conflict seemed suggestive of the wider reactionary atmosphere and the opposing ideologies that have been exacerbated by the lockdown and social media.”

To those new to the trio, Emily Francis (keyboards), Trevor Boxall (bass) and Jamie Murray (drums) make up the group.

When combined with the trio’s previous release, it’s clear that their upcoming ‘LUMA’ album will be something special. While you’re waiting for that, why not check out their Soundcloud? You won’t be disappointed.

The Kite & The Crow is out now – buy here.

CF Smith

Permeating your ears with good music.

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