Alongside school friend Tim O’Keefe, Franco is putting out an album titled Let Me Get What I Want and a full-length film, inspired by The Smiths-influenced poems that Franco penned in his book Directing Herbert White: Poems.
Surprisingly, the first song to come from the project You Are Mine doesn’t sound that much like The Smiths. It has a new age feel with reverb-soaked vocals and washed-out guitars. According to Franco the song is about teenage lust, basically.
“High school is a time of longing for the unattainable,” Franco told Rolling Stone.
“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. You Are Mine is about one teenager dreaming about another, even though they’ll never be together.”
The full project is due out early next year.
Listen: Daddy – You Are Mine