Have you ever found yourself in a helpless situation? Maybe there’s something that’s happening beyond your scope of control, but you just can’t help getting caught up in its storm. Melbourne-based singer Priya Francis knows that feeling well. On her latest single, “Tell Me”, Francis takes control over her meandering thoughts, turning her quiet ruminations into a wistful R&B jam.
As it seems, Francis has a lot on her mind. Although it was written in a 15-minute session, “Tell Me” digs deep into her thoughts with self-aware lyrics like “Wasting my time / Wasting my energy / Trynna rewind / Trynna throw out that particular key”, and “Tell me how to shut this feeling down”. But even though Francis has pointed out the particular culprits for her sadness, there’s a feeling of melancholy that still lingers throughout the track. Despite knowing that she’s not in a great state of mind, overcoming those feelings are difficult. It’s one thing to acknowledge it–solving it is another.
As Francis tells us, “the inspiration was basically finding myself in a situation that I really didn’t want to be in, but more so finding myself caring and thinking about things that I didn’t want to think about or deal with at the time”. Though it won’t completely absolve her haunting feelings, “Tell Me” offers a respite–however brief–from that dripping sadness.
With little more than a backing guitar, Francis’s vocals are also rightfully given a chance to shine. Her soothing voice carries the track, aiding with the healing process–one verse at a time. Although she has little more than a debut EP to her name, Francis demonstrates that she has great potential as a singer, and more than enough potential to overcome these feelings.
Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think.
He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.