Actor, artist, and director James Franco is back with a new project, and he’s once again pushing gender and sexual barriers.
His newest production, Daddy, spans film, installation art and a few released musical tracks.
“High school is a time of longing for the unattainable,” said Franco in a press release sent out along with the track below. “We dream big, but we’re still too young to make anything significant happen. At least I was too immature and sensitive to be the person I wanted to be.”
Keep in mind Franco was on Freaks and Geeks during his high school years. The first track, “You are mine,” off the upcoming album Let Me Get What I Want, can be heard below:
According to Franco, “You are mine” is about “one teenager dreaming about another, even though they’ll never be together.”
This speaks to the theme of the entire project, which is based on Franco’s past book of poems, Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs. Sure enough, Smiths bassist Andy Rourke is actually featured on the album (or at least this track in particular)
Franco worked with Tim O’Keefe, a long time collaborator and DJ who scored several of Franco’s films, to create the music for Daddy. He said transforming Franco’s poems was a new director for the seasoned composer.
“The words weren’t written by me, I had to take on the character of the individual whose perspective I was singing from,” O’Keefe said. ”‘You Are Mine,’ like many of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want, expresses experiences that were relatable to my own high school experience, and therefore I had a lot of my own emotions to pull from.”
Keep an eye out for more from Franco, O’Keefe, and the Let Me Get What I Want project in the coming months.