A Free MP3 from Sage Francis

June 16th, 2010

Paul “Sage” Francis is an interesting dude. He’s a hip-hop guy out of Providence, R.I., but in addition to rapping, he’s got his own label—Strange Famous Records—he’s worked on movie soundtracks and as a spoken-word performer, he’s spent a considerable amount of time in Providence’s poetry-slam community. Over the years he’s release a slew of material: singles, mixtapes, EPs, LPs, instrumental work and live albums. But he’s gone in a different direction with his newest disc, last month’s Li(f)e. It was produced by just one person, Brian Deck, and it found Francis collaborating with musicians from Death Cab for Cutie and Sparklehorse, and on “The Best of Times,” which you can download here, French composer Yann Tiersen (Amélie soundtrack) wrote the music. Sage Francis (his video for “The Best of Times” is above) plays Webster Hall on Friday, June 25th.