Today, Isabella Manfredi releases the first single ‘Jealousy’ from her forthcoming debut solo album, arriving with news the iconic frontwoman has departed the internationally renowned group, The Preatures.
‘Jealousy’ is an energy flash and a statement of intent. With an elastic rhythm section, android vocal harmonies and an ecstatic chorus, its whipsmart new wave pop marks the invigorating emergence of Manfredi 2.0. Spending the last two years writing, collaborating, and recording in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, London, Paris, and Berlin, it was her hometown of Sydney where Isabella eventually laid the track ‘Jealousy’ down with award-winning co-producer Chris Collins.
Isabella says, “Jealousy’ was the very first song I wrote in London with producers Rich Cooper and Johnny Latimer (though there was a brief stint in Berlin with Anton Newcombe – another story). I did the demo vocals in one or two takes and they are what you hear on the record. It was one of those essential and immediate co-writing experiences where I couldn’t tell where I ended and the others began, and I’m truly grateful to both Johnny and Rich, masters of their craft, for helping me shape the shock and anger I was feeling that day into a lean, mean pop song.“
Isabella enlisted an all-star line-up of musicians for the track including Kirin J Callinan, Stella Mozgawa and Michael Di Francesco. Not only inspired by her travels around the world but working with new writers and creatives including female artists; Emma Louise, Alex Hope, Erica Ender and Stella Donnelly and collaborating on music moments such as G Flip’s Like A Version for triple j and Jack River’s Visions of Us at Sydney Opera House Forecourt has given Isabella (in her own words) “her groove back”.
To add, the talented songwriter who is a past winner of the prestigious Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition and more recently was acknowledged for the Mushroom Music Publishing Grant, has been writing her first film score all whilst managing her biggest news yet, the impending birth of her first child.
In tandem with Isabella’s new single ‘Jealously’ comes the official video directed by Byron Spencer. About the video, Isabella says, “I was pretty pregnant by the time we got to conceiving a video for Jealousy, and the two things already felt so incongruent and ludicrous – a song about an unfaithful, embittered ex, meanwhile I’m happily committed and pregnant and moving on with my life! I loved the idea of flipping the concept to be about creative – even energetic – jealousy. I’m bigger, I’m fuller, I’m making life, I’m making pasta, I’m selling you the dream, I’m in my element. Meanwhile this ‘Wake in Fright’ type male fan is becoming obsessed with my baby belly. It’s just so funny. Byron and I have known each other for years and it was my absolute dream to work with him on this with an amazing team. “
Rejoicing in where she’s come from and dropping heavy hints to where she’s headed, ‘Jealousy’s’ robust production and slick, joyous hooks reveal an artist at the peak of her powers relishing in her new found freedom as a solo artist.
“And here I am at the beginning of something new, standing in my natural power:
supported, light, deep-set and hopeful – I feel ready
‘Cause the old way of doing things is over.”
Watch Jealousy video here: