"Imagine the pop experimentation of Bowie and Prince, throw in a bit of Beck and a bit of Mac DeMarco. The result: Hotel Del Salto. J. Francis combines brilliantly experimental songwriting with playful lyrics, a DIY approach to recording and, most of all, an irrefutable talent to package his influences into one, wonderful, 3-minute-long tracks. - Gigslutz
Hotel Del Salto (AKA J. Francis) follows up the success of debut single 'Bigger Than Elvis' by adding another string to his bow; the art-pop cocktail of new single 'Stand For Your Right'. Taking cues from the dance/rock crossovers of Primal Scream and Art of Noise, while infusing the experimentalism of 60's pop pioneers such as Brian Wilson and Syd Barrett. 'Stand For Your Right' is a bold artistic leap.
J Francis is a multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter who explores the outer reaches and hidden depths of pop music. Following in the ripples left by such sonic explorers as Brian Wilson, Prince, Euros Childs, and Todd Rundgren, J Francis forges his own path under a various of different guises.
Throughout his career he has created music that varies between lysergic soundscapes, and DIY off-kilter pop. Lyrically we travel the globe and flitter between nightmares and dreamscapes, from the ghoulish to the romantic all delivered with infectious hooks and irresistible melodies.
Unassuming yet wildly ambitious and with a universal stare, J Francis is unique, visionary and bold.
Stand For Your Right, written in late 2016, has the unusual facet of being produced over two continents. "I wrote the main chunk of it in my hometown, Carmarthen. I had the idea of writing a protest song that was very linear, the fallout in the UK post referendum was deeply disturbing... then I went out to Texas for six weeks over election time and obviously there's parallels out there. It's about people sticking together rather than be divided"
'Stand For Your Right' is a thrilling testament of Francis's creative vision. Starting with a hypnotizing guitar and kick drum, before giving away to Francis's swirling vocal mantra above a deliciously classic bass groove. The track never lets up in playing around with the listener's expectation of pop structure.
Hotel Del Salto received an enthusiastic repsonse for debut single 'Bigger Than Elvis' appearing on HOPE not Hate's charity compilation and gaining radio airplay from -
BBC Radio 1 - Huw Stephens.
BBC Radio Wales - Adam Walton, Bethan Elfyn, Georgia Ruth.
BBC Radio Cymru Mwy - Elan Evans.
Amazing Radio - Elise Cobain, Shell Zenner (Shellshocked pick), Thomas Little.
Pure Radio - Huw Williams ('Bigger Than Elvis' in top 5 of Festive 50)
Quotes from debut single 'Bigger Than Elvis' -
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales - "What a Tune!"
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales - "Loved That!"
Gigslutz - Tracks of the week - "Imagine the pop experimentation of Bowie and Prince, throw in a bit of Beck and a bit of Mac DeMarco. The result: Hotel Del Salto (AKA J Francis). Bigger than Elvis combines brilliantly experimental songwriting with playful lyrics, a DIY approach to recording and, most of all, an irrefutable talent to package his influences into one, wonderful, 3-minute-long track. Written, performed and recorded by Francis, ‘Bigger than Elvis’ has a level of chill that only comes with such a DIY approach; he is entirely in charge and he most certainly knows what he’s doing.
The Tipping Point - "unique swagger"
From The Margins - (Hotel Del Salto featured on 2017 Watchlist) -"First rate piece of knowing, slinky funk pop with a star bright hook that will follow you round for days after a couple of listens. Bigger than Elvis has been forged by a significant new talent with the same intensity of single minded, DIY imagination demonstrated in Alun Gaffey's recent debut, and informed by a music heritage that stretches back through Beck to Prince and Talking Heads. The result is a song with superb off kilter zest."
Junkcity.fm - "an artist with shed loads of character"
Remy's Music and Film - "loop-the-loop of unbridled indie-pop quirky happiness, Francis nails down an old school underground funk pop vibe all across the song, what a gem"
Diamond Deposits - "Experimental pop from Welsh troubadour J Francis who released this sparkling tune under the avatar of Hotel Del Salto. J. Francis may just be bigger than Elvis..."
Turn Up That Volume - "With his new sparkling vehicle Welsh songwriter & multi-instrumentalist J. Francis explores adventurous pop paths. Intriguing, twinkling and colored with king-sized arrangements…
Drunk On Music - "a track like this, we haven’t heard for a good while"
The Jaunty Spiv - "A one man band, but certainly not a one trick pony"
Novum FM - "Sweetest melancholy and lovely loneliness"
Zone Nights - "a single that we are sure will quickly win a place in your playlist"