Sleuth is Melissa Francis, enigmatic Victorian singer-songwriter of minimal funk electro + alt-pop. Lyrically dark, melodically bitter, Sleuth writes for synth + loops, exploring auto-biographical themes of feminism identity + emancipation, spanning genres from jazz to EDM. Debut album Umbra Anima was described as 'incredible, cinematic… vocal work that would make Beth Gibbons proud… 5-stars’. (Forte) Track Empty Room was Feb ’19 RadioEasternFM's New Music comp winner. She was 2019 Roar Award winner for Best New Creative Artist, again a finalist in 2020, + was an AIR award nomination for electronica EP ‘alter ego’ which just won Clouzine Best Indie EP (Fall 2020). Releases in 2019 include collab funk album Fly By Design + singles with Eskatology + Nos Rider, and features on Nyctophiliac’s (Macedonia) noirish trip-hop album Everyday Existence with impeccable vocals on Sweet Oblivion +The Still. Album LUX is due late 2020, with tracks 'Finish Line' and 'Umbilicus' still to be released.
Sleuth’s new album LUX is finished and due for release in January 2021, with 4 big tracks still to be released as singles.