It’s obviously an enormous bummer for both touring musicians and their audiences that it’s likely been a year since they’ve experienced each other in a live setting—but, if it’s any consolation, we’re living in a golden age of adult cartoons. On any of the half dozen streaming platforms you’ve secured a login for you can find literal days’ worth of quality animated TV to help you cope with the indefinite span of time between now and your next concert—a fact that seems to have seeped into the unconscious of songwriter Francis Lung, whose latest single from his forthcoming LP Miracle sees an animated version of himself wake up from a dream where he’s back on stage only to succumb to a different coping mechanism which rears its ugly head across the span of the new album.
“Lonesome No More” is a melancholic tune in orchestral sound and downcast lyrics, though its visual accompaniment courtesy of Grant Peacock provides it with a playful context and a more explicitly happy conclusion. “The title comes from a science-fiction novel in which every family in America is assigned an extended family to cure a loneliness epidemic,” explains Lung. “When I thought about loneliness as something personified, it seemed to be like a friend or a lover who is a bad influence. Someone that encourages you to feel sorry for yourself, makes you want to drink more, but at the same time, someone you just can’t stay away from. The song to me is like a farewell to a state of mind that I fall back into all too easily.”
Watch the clip—which looks like a lost episode of BoJack Horseman—below.