When Lillian Frances arrived by foot in Santiago de Compostela, the town was hushed in the shadow of dusk. Five hundred miles and 39 days from where she began, she beheld the ancient cathedral as its exquisite towers reached toward the sky like two stretching cats. But when she fell to her knees in reverence, it wasn’t for the treasured Spanish cathedral, but the glowing ember of the moon sneaking up behind.
For the Davis-based electronic musician, watching the full moon rise is a ritual: a time set aside to slow down, breathe and reflect.
In the two years since releasing her 2018 EP, “Timeism,” these monthly moonrise check-ins have been where she makes sense of her own stories. Her debut album, “Moonrise Queendom,” is the tale of these 24 moons: a collection of the stories that weaved their way through.
While crafting her music, Frances isn’t bothered by genre. Instead, she collages together whatever sounds spark joy, stumbling into spontaneous sonic worlds. Once inside “Moonrise Queendom,” she leads the listener past the monsoon-soaked deserts of “Raincheck Summer,” through the chirping jungles of “Falling With(out),” and into the crystal castles of “Pass on You.” Her unique alt-pop sound has been compared to Lorde, Sylvan Esso and Billie Eilish.
Released June 5, her album is available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and most other music outlets. To see Frances’ collages and follow her musical endeavors, find her on Instagram at @lillianfrancess.
Frances’ music has been featured on NPR’s Heavy Rotation, Capital Public Radio and Indie Shuffle. Past festivals include Sacramento PorchFest (2018, 2019), the Davis Music Festival (2017, 2019), and the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival (2018, 2019, 2020). Notable performances include opening for Sylvan Esso, and playing alongside Shakey Graves, Sage the Gemini and Lexi Panterra.ShareTweet