Having garnered an impressive following on the Internet, whether it be through addictive Omegle reactions or viral TikTok videos, Francis Karel has quickly made himself a significant voice within Gen-Z culture. Proving his vocals transcend every platform, the singer-songwriter releases his highly-anticipated track, “Like All My Friends” — filled with vocals that carry a tangible sadness which is both evocative and strangely comforting. With a melody which tickles the tear-ducts and with the artist’s falsetto filling our stomach with butterflies, “Like All My Friends” evokes that all encompassing feeling of falling in love — and allows us to do the same with Francis and his sensitive sound.
In his own words, Francis says, “Over the past few years, I’ve prioritized so many things above a romantic relationship… school, my career, moving to a new country. Whenever my friends have asked if I have anything going on in my love life, I’ve always just had a mentality of ‘maybe someday,’ but I think this song represents me being surrounded by so many people I care about who are in love, and wondering what that feels like for the first time.”
Elaborating further, he explains, “I’ve never been one to talk about romance or love, so it was a little uncomfortable talking about it at first on ‘Like All My Friends’. The main chorus lyric ‘wanna fall in love like all my friends’ was the first thing I wrote because it’s truly how I felt in that moment. It was a little embarrassing to write because I’m 23, and I feel like everyone around me has a lot more experience with “love” than I do. I’m very grateful for my collaborators on this song for helping me conceptualize that discomfort and raw emotion. This song means so much because it represents me opening up more & learning how to be more vulnerable.”
With the latest offering acting as an exemplar of the meaningful introspection which laces Karel’s tune-crafting, we cannot wait to see what personal projects he will sink into next. To stream “Like All My Friends” now, head below…