Written earlier in 2020 and recorded remotely between Karima Francis’ base in London and producer Tim Carr’s studio in LA, “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.
Speaking openly about the track’s fragile content matter, Francis says: “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 dusky vocal, “Carelessness Causes Fire” finds Francis reaching deep within to deliver a single of 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.
Wrapping up 2020 with one of her most confessional and profound offerings to date, expect further new material from Karima Francis in 2021.