She won the fifth series of Italy’s X Factor and watched her debut single go double platinum.
And on Friday Eurovision 2016 star Francesca Michielin opened a new chapter in her musical life with the release of her stirring new single “Vulcano”.
Hot like lava and sultry like a Milanese woman of the night, the three-minute track plays in the space between urban pop and tropical house, throbbing and pulsating with a heady mix of drum, piano, horns and more. As in any eruption things get loud, but Francesca retains her signature control. Amid all the heat there’s a strong sense of cool, creating what may be her finest single yet.
Ahead of the release she met with Italian journalists in an Indian restaurant in Milan, noting that she penned the song in a similar space. She even references the establishment in the lyrics, which detail the passions that come with memories of a certain Mister: “I run at night, the lanterns, the stars, there is the Indian bar and the smell of you.”
Volcanos release pressure in their fury — and are an apt description of where Francesca is at as an artist.
“Volcano is an emblematic title that already makes sense in that there is something explosive in me and in my new way of making music,” she told ANSA.
“A volcano is something immediate, dirty and visceral, which at one point explodes, but is also coloured brightly and strongly. And with a volcano if you are not careful you can shake. All these sensations I wanted to put in this text because they tell me about what I feel now.”
Francesca, among the quirkiest and loveliest of all the singers we’ve met on wiwibloggs, channels her free-loving spirit into the music video, which sees her in a range of situations conveying emotions from carefree and fun to contemplative and tortured.
As she wanders the streets of Berlin she pauses to eat strawberries at a corner shop, dances outdoors, turns an esplanade into a runway all her own and downs beers with a friend. There’s a sense of connection but also isolation — no doubt reflecting her life as an artist.
The track will feature on Francesca’s third studio album, which is set to be released this fall.
Are you loving Francesca’s foray with tropical house? Do you hope the rest of the album is done in a similar style? Let us know in the comments box below!