You can just call James Franco “daddy.” Or rather, you can call James Franco and musician Tim O’Keefe Daddy. That’s what the duo go by for their art- and music-based partnership.
The pair’s album, due next spring, is called Let Me Get What I Want and features Andy Rourke, bassist for The Smiths. Fans don’t have to wait too long to get what they want, as Daddy released a single on YouTube this week, “You Are Mine.”
The song is about high school love and features robotic vocals, a simple beat and a new-wave style. The song, along with others from the LP, were inspired by a section from Franco’s book Directing Herbert White: Poems called “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs.”
“Transforming James’ poems to songs took on its own creative process, which was a new direction for me,” O’Keefe recalls. “Because the words weren’t written by me, I had to take on the character of the individual whose perspective I was singing from,” O’Keefe told Rolling Stone. “‘You Are Mine,’ like many of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want, expresses experiences that were relatable to my own high school experience, and therefore I had a lot of my own emotions to pull from.”