Francisco’s Fortune is somewhat a mysterious surprise for Sydney’s ever growing indie pop music scene. Following up from his previous single release ‘Magnetic Lines’ mid last year the band’s latest offering the single ‘The Bells’ is a potent follow up release. With both tracks featuring on the upcoming debut EP, ‘The Bells’ is a glimpse of the vibrant and delicate Music that is Francisco’s Fortune.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Manik Mayadunne is the face behind the Francisco’s Fortune mask. Taking the time to fuel the musical project and release The Bells has proven to be a more wholesome endeavour for the part time medical professional. With an upcoming east coast tour mapped out toward the middle of 2015 Francisco’s Fortune shows all signs of running a sure way to reaching the hearts across Australia.
The Bells itself is a curious number that whimsically besets itself gradually upon the listener, uplifting keys and soft melodic vocals coupled with light percussion set the soft overtones of the track. Listen carefully and transposing the message conveyed within the The Bells is both poetic and comforting, life’s journey through love is often complex and incessant, the lyrics ‘you’re ringing isn’t getting any softer’ communicates this beautifully. A key strength is the ambient and gradual progression within the song, you arrive at the chorus feeling caught up in Manik’s tale of past love, reflecting on your own experience with uncertainty of emotion with new beginnings once relationships end. In a way the faster energy of the chorus captures the unsettled nature of oneself when your thoughts are preoccupied on such things which is perhaps why this track lends itself so willingly.
Don’t be surprised to find yourself humming the chorus lines replaying it in your mind over and over again. The Bells is a title that uses subtle sounds to deliver an intelligent and emotive illustration of modernised indie pop. The upbeat hooks are inviting and memorable even to those that are not avid fans of the genre. The Bells is therefore a track most people can appreciate and relate to, it’s easy listening nature makes it permeable to a variety of audiences young and old. It is encouraging to think about the upcoming EP from Francisco’s Fortune, if The Bells is any indicator then we can expect a release with plenty to offer.