Forming a songwriting pearl from the gritty realities she experienced during her formative years as an artist, “Carelessness Causes Fire” is both a cautionary tale to the brave and cripplingly candid reflection on the darker side of a life in the music industry.
“The song is about working through past traumas and how this has affected my life and confidence as an artist to date. It also has a global message… When the pressure is too much an explosive eruption can happen, which can be dangerous and destructive.”
Hallmarked with her unmistakable dusky vocal, “Carelessness Causes Fire” finds Francis reaching deep within to deliver a single of a rare honesty and a brittle, breathtaking beauty. With the skeletal and understated arrangements reminiscent of the works of Cat Power or Sharon Van Etten, guest musicians Greg Uhlmann (of Fellrunner and Perfume Genius fame) and Tim Carr capture a haunting atmosphere, while creating space for the spectre of Francis’ lyrics to send shivers.
A song all about coming to terms with the past, the track arrives with a fittingly nostalgic video handmade by Francis, with its footage retrieved from home movies recorded in the 1970s.