premiere: ritual-pop singer francine thirteen re-writes biblical mythology in her transcendent new ep

May 22, 2018
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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.”

Music produced by Patrick Miller (aka in.fants) and Donovan Jones (aka BLACK TAFFY).

Photography: Khadijah Grimes and Graphic Design: Kat Alyst
Photography: Khadijah Grimes and Graphic Design: Kat Alyst