Francis Lung is the moniker of Manchester resident and former bassist of the enigmatic WU LYF, Tom McClung. His stunning first single “Age Limits” moves with hushed agility, building to a powerful crescendo of both tempo and intensity. The accompanying video compliments the mood, following McClung dressed all in white, panning through tunnels into a dark green backdrop — an impressive first releases for the project.
“Age Limits” is just the first taste of the forthcoming debut from Francis Lung entitled Faeher’s Son which is currently still in the works. Written over a 3 year period spanning before, during and after the experience in WU LYF, the collection of Francis Lung material bares witness to a fair amount of turbulence. The project is truly a solo effort, McClung plays every instrument on the record, save a single guest spot from his sister on violin, and self-recorded the entire record from his home in Manchester.
“…it isn’t until about half way through ‘Age Limits’ that Francis Lung really pushes the boundaries and exercises the dynamics of this great track, as his hushed vocals are replaced with a gritty bark and fully flowing instrumentation. It’s perfectly distanced from his other projects, past and present, and a fine introduction to Francis Lung’s solo efforts.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Part Elliott Smith, part 60′s crooner, with the cutting social observations of Jarvis Cocker thrown in for good measure, before opening our into an epic ending, of transcendental proportions…Francis Lung has just stamped his authority as one of the most exciting new artists in the UK” – Crack in Road
“Listening to their individual music is like experiencing a dissection of Wu Lyf, pulling apart each layered element and seeing who was responsible for what… now we’ve got Francis Lung, the somewhat calmer-sounding project of Tom McClung, the band’s former bassist. “Age Limits” is subdued, but still weighty…it sounds like he’s not so much living in the moment as he is reflecting on it.” – The FADER