Fran Announce Debut Album 'A Private Picture' Out 11/15, Share Lead Single "Company"


Fire Talk is excited to announce the debut album A Private Picture from Fran. Chicago-based Maria Jacobson (Fran) sets the stage for her deeply personal and evocative brand of guitar playing with debut track “Company,” a visceral refrain about retaking ownership of yourself in the face of misogyny and entitlement that builds to a crescendo putting Jacobsen completely in control. The adept technical work of fellow bandmates' contributions from the prolific Chicago DIY scene present a cohesive, essential element to uplifting this decisive first single.

The trick is to make a confession entertaining. A Private Picture, the debut album by Chicago’s Fran, delivers a collection of extremely personal experiences that have been distilled and abstracted to the point that you can see yourself in their imagery, find analogs to your own emotional history in their scenarios –when you hear them, it’s a conversation. It’s therapy, if therapy was allowed to turn you on and make you shake what you got. At its core, Fran’s music is about sharing a truth -–telling it, confessing it, yelling it—in the service of human connection. Or, as Jacobson puts it, “I feel that I am a songwriter for the same reason I wanted to be an actor. I want to tell the truth. I want to challenge myself to get closer and closer to the core of an experience, an emotion- I want to say it, sing it, in a way that says exactly what it is. I cry when I write songs because I am constantly making discoveries, about myself, about the world, about the best way to convey and connect and get closer.”

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