Francis and the Lights: Friends

It’s ever the joyful day when Francis and the Lights releases a new track. Recently, frontman Francis Farewell Starlite guested on Chance the Rapper’s “Summertime Friends.” Turns out, Chance’s song actually samples Starlite’s “Friends”—which the band released today, with the help of co-producers Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Sky Ferreira), Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and more. The video once again showcases Starlite’s fanciful dance moves, and features a dapper Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (the latter even doing some choreography); it’s directed by former band member Jake Schreier. But the song impresses most from its simple, thoughtful lyrics to Starlite’s dreamy vocals.