Song of the Day: Eugene Francis Jnr – Poor Me

eugenefrancisjnr.jpgphoto from MySpace

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Poor Me by Eugene Francis Jnr from the 2007 release The Golden Beatle on Legion.

Eugene Francis Jnr – Poor Me (MP3)

Originally from the Welsh city of Cardiff, Eugene Francis Jnr has broken away from former projects Dirty Perfect, The Fantastic Super Foofs, and Kaptain Black, in order to focus on solo material. The first glimpse of that material is Poor Me, released in June. While his past projects easily fall within the genre of rock, Francis Jnr’s solo stuff can best be described as folktronica — country, soul, and blues, all sugar coated with electronic icing. His stated influences, particularly Beck, Bright Eyes, and Sufjan Stevens, become evident after a minimal number of listens. Touring as Eugene Francis Jnr and the Juniors, the Juniors being Cardiff bands Vito, Broken Leaf, and a string of others, this Welsh supergroup just finished opening the UK stretch of Tegan and Sara‘s tour. While tour information is hard to come across, check out the band’s MySpace page for updates, as well as this Gulliver’s Travels-esque video for Poor Me:

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