Acclaimed singer-songwriter-pianist Neal Francis has shared his emotionally charged and soulful new single, “Don’t Want You To Know,” available today at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced in Los Angeles by longtime collaborator Sergio Rios, the emotionally charged track heralds the Chicago-based artist’s upcoming new EP, Sentimental Garbage, arriving via ATO Records on Friday, November 18. Pre-orders are available now.

“This was another artifact of a bad breakup,” Francis says. “This one occurred back in 2014. It’s about living a double life and paying the consequences. This is one of the first tunes I demoed out for the Neal Francis project with Mike Novak in 2016 when I was recently sober.”

Sentimental Garbage was unveiled last month with the premiere of two all-new tracks, the horn-blasted “Very Fine, Pts. 1 & 2” backed with a hypnotic cover of Shuggie Otis’ classic, “Strawberry Letter 23,” both available now for streaming and download. The double-sided single had its exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone Country, which wrote, “Francis’s rendition of ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ evokes the Seventies charm of the disco-tinged single — a Top 5 hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977 — and dazzles with a psychedelic mid-song breakdown.”

Sentimental Garbage – which follows last year’s breakthrough sophomore LP, In Plain Sight (ATO) – collects a number of standout tracks recorded during the original album sessions at The Parsonage, Francis’s DIY studio at St. Peter’s Church in Chicago. In addition to “Strawberry Letter 23,” the EP includes a newly recorded cover of The Three Degrees’ R&B-fueled version of “Collage” (co-written by Joe Walsh and originally recorded in 1969 by James Gang).

“Sentimental Garbage was the working title of our last LP,” Francis says, “which includes the track of the same name. We ended up calling that record In Plain Sight while removing the title track from the sequence. I knew this was my last chance to slap Sentimental Garbage on a record jacket, the thought of which always brought me great joy. It also works because this record is compiled of bittersweet scraps. I guess we could have also titled the record Burnt Ends.”