Today marks the release of Leland on Scissor & Thread, the album that Brooklyn-based Francis Harris composed as a requiem for his father. With the 2 year anniversary of his father’s passing recently hitting on February 25th, the release of Leland is in close proximity to the life-marking event. The album is streaming this week on AOL Music, and Francis Harris was the subject of an in-depth feature recently on URB. From one passing comes new life though, in the form of Harris’ Scissor & Thread imprint, a home for the thriving indie-electronic underbelly in New York with a number of exciting releases in the pipeline. Producer Black Light Smoke, known for his no-wave & old school drum machine prowess on Scissor & Thread’s first two 12″ releases, recently remixed Francis Harris’ “Lostfound,” along with with the dancefloor-centric remix by Matthew Herbert continuing to turn heads as well.
The album itself is poignant, reflective, and moving, providing a contrast to his dance alias Adultnapper that allowed Harris to release the album under his actual name (his first release as such in many years). Like Adultnapper, the dancefloor friendly micro-rhythms are intact here with the Francis Harris material, but only representing part of what’s really going on. At other points in the album, Harris injects experimental elements, free jazz flouishes, live cellos, trumpet, piano, guitar and vocals throughout, creating a cohesive and captivating listen that is wholly unique. Leland was mastered by Joe Lambert (Washed Out, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, etc).
Upcoming Francis Harris Live Dates
March 16 Francis Harris @ W2 Media Centre- Vancouver, Canada**
March 24 Adultnapper vs. Mr. C @ Get Physical Event @ Treehouse- Miami, Florida^
March 24 Adultnapper @ Clandestine Artists Showcase-90 Degrees- Miami, Florida^
March 30 Frank & Tony @ Cielo- NYC*
April 20 Francis Harris @ Spybar- Chicago, Illinois**
* as Frank & Tony (Francis Harris + Anthony Collins)
** Francis Harris live
^ as Adultnapper