"It's about escaping and rediscovering a sense of self, focusing on disappearing from social media and the addictiveness of it, whilst simultaneously using social media as an escape."

By Vanessa B

Some dreamy and soothing shoegaze pop from up-and-coming self-taught artist and producer, Frances Mistry, as she reveals her new single “empty towns“, out today.

With airy vocals drifting across a melodic guitar landscape featuring drummer Martyn Barker, Frances embraces her DIY philosophy ‘to write music how you want’.

Discussing the single, the promising young talent shares: “This release is about a narration into escaping and rediscovering a sense of self, focusing on disappearing from social media and the addictiveness of it, whilst simultaneously using social media as an escape.”

“empty towns” addresses a relatable struggle in today’s world. How is your relationship to social media much these days?

Complicated, I feel like it’s necessary as a musician right now to help promote yourself which can be quite draining, but I also love it, it has allowed me to make some amazing internet friends who are so supportive.

If you had to describe your sound in three words what would they be?

Ethereal, emotional and honest

Does the place you inhabit influence the music you create?

Yes – I live in a very quiet village that has a small woods close by, it’s very quiet, especially at night. I love to sit on my windowsill and listen out the window to the complete silence. It can be very inspiring; nature really helps me write.

Which artists are you listening to right now?

Recently I’ve been listening to beabadoobee, Snail Mail’s recent album and an artist called “Tummyache” who has some really amazing tracks.

What can we look forward to next from you?

I’ve got a few gigs lined up which I will be announcing soon, I now have a band so looking forward to performing with them and making my music sound cool live!