PREMIERE: Ritual-Pop singer Francine Thirteen re-writes Biblical mythology in her transcendent new EP
By Sound Check
May 22, 2018
Step into the numinous world of existential wonder that is Francine Thirteen’s new EP, ‘Lust Heals, Give Me My Sin Again’. A powerful embrace of sexuality, power, and the “shadow self”, the album is a re-working of Biblical mythology in which Eve (you, Francine Thirteen) undergo a dark initiation into the Garden of Eden. A sound Francine describes as ‘ritual pop’, the darkly ambient collection works in Afro-Indigenous beats and melodies, creating a sonic kaleidoscope of introspection, healing, love, and lust.
“I wanted to create a work that speaks to the need to embrace the ‘shadow self’,” Francine Thirteen tells AFROPUNK. “I birthed it from my stance that if we do not regard our innate desires/urges as holy, we leave ourselves vulnerable to being easily controlled. I used themes of sex/power and the Biblical creation story to bring the vision forth.”