Neal Francis Shares ‘Alameda Apartments’ Single

Watch the video for the second single from the forthcoming 'In Plain Sight.'

By Scott Bernstein Sep 21, 2021 10:18 am PDT

Chicago-based musician Neal Francis continues to preview his forthcoming In Plain Sight album with the release of single “Alameda Apartments” and an accompanying video. In Plain Sight arrives through ATO Records on November 5.

The nine-track follow-up to 2019’s Changes was recorded straight to tape at a former church in Chicago with bandmates Collin O’Brien on drums, guitarist Kellen Boersma and bassist Mike Starr. Francis tapped Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann to mix In Plain Sight. Neal previously shared lead single “Can’t Stop The Rain” featuring Derek Trucks on slide guitar.

“Alameda Apartments” opens In Plain Sight. “I started writing that song maybe six years ago, before I got sober,” Francis recalled. “I was going through another breakup and getting kicked out of my place, and I had a nightmare about moving into an art-deco apartment that was haunted, where the walls were all shifting around.”

One thing he remembered from the dream was the word “Alameda” and he strived to recreate the dream state through the song. “The craziest thing is that I’d never encountered the name ‘Alameda’ at any time in my life prior to that dream,” added Francis. “It’s bizarre that I even remembered it, especially since you don’t dream very often when you’re getting fucked up.”

Watch Neal Francis’ “Alameda Apartments” video below:

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