Photo by Alli Harvey
  • Photo by Alli Harvey

The best songwriters in the world always seem to know that contrast is key to a good song (The Beatles' "Maxwell Silver Hammer" comes to mind). Contrast is also key ingredient to the intriguing New York songwriter Francis and the Lights (real name Francis Farewell Starlite, and "the Lights" refer to the lights on stage, not his backing band). With its ultra-clear percussion and sing-song lyrics F&TL's '80s pop-piano sound evokes early Phil Collins or even a slicker Randy Newman. The songs are bright and upbeat until you realize what Starlite is actually singing about. No song better illustrates this than "Get in the Car," from the breakthrough third album It'll Be Better, where Starlite sings the dialog between himself and a young prostitute, earnestly crooning "Don't you want to make money?"

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Francis and the Lights - "Get in the Car"

Consider Francis and the Lights are about to heads south to play Jimmy Kimmel Live and Coachella, tonight might be your final chance to catch him in an intimate setting.

Francis and the Lights play Peter's Room tonight as part of Soul'd Out. The show is all-ages and starts at 8pm.