Francis of Delirium have released their most visceral single yet - "Let It All Go". It’s the latest single from their second EP, Wading which is due for release in Spring 2021. Led by 19-year-old Jana Bahrich alongside collaborator Chris Hewett, Francis of Delirium are signed to UK label, Dalliance Recordings (Gia Margaret, Common Holly, Wilsen).
To write their 2020 EP All Change - a highly acclaimed blend of 90s grunge and millennial DIY - Bahrich entered a period of voluntary isolation as her schoolfriends left for university. Following this hibernation, she planned to reconnect with friends and family, and play these songs live. The pandemic however put paid to any such plans, sending Bahrich back behind the closed doors she had just emerged from.
This back-to-back isolation mentally exhausted Bahrich, and the pillars she rested her identity upon came crashing down around her. The forthcoming EP Wading reflects directly on this testing period; ruminating on the existence of self, the extent to which we can know ourselves and what it means to rebuild when everything falls apart.
The follow-up to "Lakes", new single "Let It All Go" is a nerve-jangling anxiety dream. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, it finds Bahrich on a night out committing social suicide.
“Let It All Go’ chronicles a full commitment to isolation. It imagines me on a night out, drunk and babbling on about how sad I am. Nobody wants to be around that person”. Bahrich leaves the party not long after, driving to a forest and, as she puts it, ‘screaming because you don’t know what else to do’.
Along with the rest of the EP, "Let it All Go" retains the hook-driven grunge of All Change but adds a new sense of space and vastness to the mix, inspired by recent albums from Dua Lipa, Caroline Polachek and Bon Iver. It was mixed by Gabe Wax (Adrianne Lenker, Palehound, Squirrel Flower) and mastered by Joe Lambert (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Dirty Projectors).
"There’s a bit of Pixies and Snail Mail and the Beths in there, and maybe some Lomelda and Lucy Dacus and Built To Spill. You know, that really f*cking good shit." — Stereogum
“If (upcoming EP Wading) sounds anything like their newest single ‘Let It All Go’, we're in for something very good.” —The FADER
“Unfurls with an energy on the brink of self-detonation... a steamy, cathartic breakup song drawing on classic indie rock and emo." — Paste
"Bahrich’s lyrics pour out in an intimate stream of consciousness.... One of the tiniest countries in Europe has yielded some big emo rock." — Consequence of Sound
"Jana Bahrich’s imagery is vivid and vulnerable, offering a grunge-infused poeticism akin to Bully and The Breeders." — The Line of Best Fit