The Chicago piano man previews his new EP Sentimental Garbage with a psychedelic Shuggie Otis tribute and the horn-driven unique “Very Fine, Pts. 1 & 2”

Neal Francis’s 2021 full-length In Plain Sight was a revelatory blast of soul, R&B, and off-the-rails piano jams, together with the six-minute exploration “Sentimental Garbage” — the working title of In Plain Sight. Francis returns to that phrase for his new EP, a seven-song assortment of odds and ends that he describes as “bittersweet scraps.”

Sentimental Garbage was the working title of our final LP,” Francis says, “which incorporates the monitor of the identical identify. We ended up calling that report In Plain Sight whereas eradicating the title monitor from the sequence. I knew this was my final likelihood to slap Sentimental Garbage on a report jacket, the thought of which all the time introduced me nice pleasure. It additionally works as a result of this report is compiled of bittersweet scraps. I assume we may have additionally titled the report Burnt Ends.”

The Chicago musician previews Sentimental Garbage, due Nov. 18 by way of ATO Records, with the discharge of two songs: the horn-driven unique “Very Fine, Pts. 1 & 2” and a cowl of Shuggie Otis

’s signature “Strawberry Letter 23.” Francis’s rendition of “Strawberry Letter 23” evokes the Seventies appeal of the disco-tinged single — a Top 5 hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977 — and dazzles with a psychedelic mid-song breakdown.

Francis is presently on the highway opening exhibits for Marcus King, together with a pair of Ryman Auditorium gigs in Nashville on Sept. 29 and 30.

Sentimental Garbage tracklist:
“Very Fine, Pts. 1 & 2”
“Don’t Want You to Know”
“In Plain Sight”
“Strawberry Letter 23”
“I’m Watching”
“Can’t Stop the Rain (Parsonage Mix)”

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