TUNE Novelty Island - Francesca Relax
Summer holidays may be cancelled this year, but Francesca Relax, the new single from Tom McConnell's Novelty Island project, offers a distinctly different kind of trip. Following Jaunty View, head out to the ballroom and dance to an imagined hit-of-the-day, Francesca Relax. An eerie Bing Crosby-styled croon, transmitting in from a different age, inspired by Disney music with echoes of The Caretaker’s An Empty Bill Beyond This World .
“As we can't go on holiday, I decided to write one with this EP, Francesca Relax is an imaginary old-time seaside summer hit” explains Tom. “Francesca Relax is inspired by 1930’s songs. I picture it playing on an old gramophone in the distance of a huge empty hall..."
Featuring the David Dargahi Quarantine Clarinet Quartet, Disney-painted imagery and a hopeful message amidst the madness of 2020, Francesca Relax was recorded at Abbey Road Institute, and will be released on Abbey House Records.
Francesca Relax follows on from a series of warped, psychedelic singles that formed the Welcome To Novelty Island... EP which was supported by BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Late Night Tales earlier this year.
Novelty Island can also be heard live later this year (hopefully) with Tom’s other half Frankie Tibbles on keys, David Dargahi on guitar and Harry Carter on drums.
With elements of classic power pop and woozy electronica and paired with Tom’s Dadaist artwork, Francesca Relax creates a compelling surreal soundscape.
Francesca Relax is released on all major digital platforms on 10 July 2020 and forms the second track of Suddenly On Sea , Tom’s five-track EP which comes out on 21 August 2020.