May 29, 2018
FRANCESCA GONZALES - FRANCESCA GONZALES EP
Through her elegant fusion of R&B, disco, soul and electronica, rising Melbourne artist Francesca Gonzales has been captivating audiences with triumphant live shows and potent hooks. Exploring themes of empowerment, strength, love and independence, her new self-titled EP is a tour de force which showcases her adventurous sonic aesthetic and incredible vocals.
Francesca has previously worked with the likes of Tom Hutchens, Simon Lam (Kllo, I'lls), Thomas Fraser (Fractures) and Nicholas Park (Rat & Co). Following performances at Beyond The Valley and Shady Cottages Festival, she bunkered down to record this EP with producer Matt Neighbour (Jen Cloher, The Avalanches, Matt Corby).
Neighbour encouraged her to experiment with a broader sonic palette and helped her discover a sound that is uniquely her own.
The EP’s anti sexual harassment anthem ‘Baby Give It Up’ and previous single ‘Better Person’ were added to Double J and Unearthed, as well as receiving strong community radio support and a slew of effusive reviews. Elsewhere, opening track ‘Make My Life Slow Right Down’ perfectly captures the wooziness of finding new love, while ‘Halfway Hall’ is a moving, gospel-infused ode to the importance of loving yourself. The snaking bass lines and meticulous production at the heart of next single ‘Dilemma’ evoke the experimental R&B of FKA Twigs or Kelela.
The Francesca Gonzales EP is available now through Double Drummer.