Toronto has been at the forefront of R&B and soul for a few years now, and the stream of striking talent shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Newcomer FRANCIS sends shivers through my soul with his clarion crooning and ambient production on new song This Time. The artist spends his days working the ramp pushing planes and his nights recording music in his bedroom creating resonating frequencies. FRANCIS even makes a reference to these facts with the sound of an airplane, either taking off or landing, in the beginning of This Time. The airport, in many ways, is a place of change and suspense, anxiety and insecurity, a door between the past and future. It could easily be an analogy for life, and the trials and tribulations of the heart. This is the place FRANCIS brings me to with his ode to desire and regret. You can download the moving ballad for free, here.

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