by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Let's get one thing out of the way, this song is not about a turd that has gone blue from too many blueberries... or anything like that. The single, which refers more to a depressive state of being, is the first to come from Portland multi-instrumentalist Gillian Frances' upcoming EP, Born Yesterday, which is getting the widespread reissue treatment courtesy of Good Cheer Records on May 18th. If you missed it the first time around, fear not, it's never too late to get lost in Frances' gorgeous swoon and her warm acoustic guitars. The vulnerability of the track is nearly unnerving, it's the type of song that you're going to want a hug after, but it's beautiful in its emotional honesty. Frances' credits her songwriting and background to Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, which she says:
"I was involved with that camp for about ten years—as a camper, an intern and then a music instructor and band coach," Frances continues. "It was there that I learned about the misrepresentation of women, queer people and people of color in the music industry. I began learning about sexism, feminism, and the power behind protest music."
Turning those sentiments outward, Frances is projecting her troubles in "Blue Shit" to help anyone listening know and understand they are not alone. The lo-fi atmosphere of her bedroom pop recordings is bare and open, lending to the the feelings of unachievable love, remorseful drinking, and reflection of bad habits. Frances' lyrics are simple but clever, offering dim lit feelings that still sound somewhat hopeful rather than crushed.
Gillian Frances' Born Yesterday is out May 18th via Good Cheer Records.