Sleuth is Melissa Francis, a female indie singer-songwriter from southwest Victoria, Australia. She pairs soaring soulful vocals over cool minimalist funk, electronic beats, and quirky alt-pop tunes. Lyrics are dark and bitter sweet, with sharp edges, digging deep into the various psychological perspectives from her own life.
Sleuth released debut ten track original album ‘Umbra Anima’ in January 2019. Forte music magazine (Australia) recently described the album as ‘incredible’, giving it a 5 star rating, and describing Sleuth’s sound as ‘cinematic’, with vocal work that would ‘make Beth Gibbons (Portishead) proud’.
Sleuth was the February winner in RadioEasternFM’s ‘New Music’ competition (Victoria), with track Empty Room, and also coming 3rd with track Make A Meal.
Sleuth enjoy regular airplay on a number of community radio stations in Australia and the UK. This week ‘Make A Meal’ was voted #5 on Indie Star Radio’s Pop 21 countdown. In March 2019, Umbra Anima was featured as album of the week in Otway Coast FM’s ‘Australian Bacchanalia’ program.
In additional to ‘Umbra Anima’, which was released in January 2019, Sleuth continue to write and perform new music, with music video ‘High Stakes’ released July 12th, and most recently a 7-track funk album, ‘Fly By Design’ released Sep 15. Her 3rd album, LUX, is approaching completion and is anticipated mid 2020.