FRAN­CIS & THE LIGHTS

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Fran­cis Farewell Star­lite has some stel­lar pals. His new work fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from Justin “Bon Iver” Ver­non, Kanye West, Cash­mere Cat, Benny Blanco and Rostam Bat­man­glij, all of them en­sur­ing that Star­lite’s lat­est doesn’t suf­fer from lack of at­ten­tion. Star­lite has been around the houses be­fore (in­clud­ing a spot with Drake back in 2010), but the Oak­land-born per­former has sashayed into the spot­light in some style of late. Re­cent track

Friends is one rea­son, a track full of mes­meris­ing sweet­ness and light, far more joy­ous than the sum of its parts. It is clear that Star­lite is happy to toe the line with a sim­i­larly rigged out for­mula for this record. I Want

You to Stay and Can’t Stay Party are left­field pop wig-outs, happy to merge dance and folk into mo­ments that shouldn’t work but some­how do. fran­cisandthe lights.com JIM CAR­ROLL

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