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Sep 21, 2014

Animal of the evening:- Anaconda

Sep 18, 2014 / 6 notes

Possibilities

Yay!!!! CDs have arrived :-) only selling 100. Literally that is it. All will be signed. Details on how to buy coming soon…
Sep 17, 2014 / 4 notes

Yay!!!! CDs have arrived :-) only selling 100. Literally that is it. All will be signed. Details on how to buy coming soon…

Sep 17, 2014 / 12 notes

Neon lights was written over a year ago. It is a homage to my best friends. I associate a lot of my memories with them of sitting by the sea as the sun went down in Brighton, we have done so much growing up alongside each other and the song just explores the nostalgia of youth and questions how can we remain hopeful & adventurous for the future. I’m really pleased with the film-like string part we arranged because I wanted to capture the urgency, that idea of chasing something more, something better. Please Share it if you like it x @Elissa_F

Sep 15, 2014 / 8 notes

NEW SONG. So This Track ‘Strangers to Lovers to Ghosts’ is about the Universal process of sorting through our memories and what they mean to us. It was an absolute joy to have spoken word artist Sami Switch feature, he’s a real talent. This may sound like a significant departure from my usual style but I have always loved influences of dub-step and rock so this was just an experiment into unchartered waters. There are PLENTY of soft ballads on the album alongside this. Enjoy. and Please SHARE/ REBLOG/ TWEET me @Elissa_F if yah dig it, if you hate it- do a poo on it! :-D X

Sep 15, 2014 / 7 notes

First Review of ‘Chemicals’ is in….Click Here to read in full!

‘Chemicals’ is the fifth album from British singer-songwriter Elissa Franceschi. Produced by music industry heavyweights, Jonathan Vears (Imagine Dragons, Rihanna, Eminem and B.o.B) and Martin Searle (Ministry of Sound, Professor Green, Craig David), this album promised to be a brand new sound for Franceschi. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

If you’ve previously listened to Elissa’s work, you’ll know that the piano is her greatest weapon and, whilst there are many teases of the instrument throughout the new album, it’s definitely taken a back seat this time around. Take opening track, All The Bones, for example. Franceschi’s first offering begins as an acapella song, before slowly introducing her trusty piano, and discarding it just as quickly for synths and drums. You’re suddenly encapsulated within a dance/pop mash up and the energy is furious. Elissa promised her fans a different sound on this album, and she’s certainly delivered.

Three tracks in is the title track, ‘Chemicals’. Over the past week, Franceschi has released certain tracks as previews to the new album and this was one that fans could hear, too. It reiterated Elissa taking a new tack. The gorgeous voice that fans have known and loved is there. Instead of her normal piano-based ballad, acoustic guitars and heavy drumbeats have taken over, but it’s not unwelcome. The chorus is a huge thing to sing along to and, with the chanting of “everybody wants to be somebody’s first choice” towards the end, you can imagine that ‘Chemicals’ will easily become a live favourite in the future. Although it’s not one of the boldest tracks on the album – that honour goes to songs like ‘Options’, ‘Possibilities’ and ‘Strangers to Lovers to Ghosts’ – it certainly shows a strong maturing in sound.

And then there’s the completely unpredictable ‘Strangers to Lovers to Ghosts’. There’s a dub drop that’s worthy of Taylor Swift’s ‘Trouble’, and a rattle that evokes the poison of a snake. Franceschi’s voice has never sounded better – you can hear every emotion in the track, from the sneer in her voice to when her voice catches in contemplation at what could have been. There’s a rap from newcomer, Sami Switch, towards the end of the song which fits perfectly, cementing the fact that Elissa’s new sound has no limits and it’s here to stay.

Elissa has already hailed ‘O Brother’ (above) as one of her personal favourites from the album. Presumably a dedication to her younger brother, You Me At Six’s Josh Franceschi, the song showcases Elissa’s newfound guitar skills to create a sweet sound. “O Brother, I’ll do all in my power to keep you safe” she whispers, quiet determination in her voice. It’s beautiful, touching and – quite frankly – refreshing to hear a dedication to a family member as tender as this.

‘I Don’t Love You’ goes back to Elissa’s piano-playing days, but it’s not an unwelcome contribution. Her voice in this track flits between hitting seemingly endless high notes, dropping to a soulful chatter, before spitting venom at the end, making it a standout track. The other piano-driven songs on the album offer something different, too. ‘Like Paradise’ feels as though it’s come straight from the Bioshock Infinite soundtrack, the track crackles throughout, giving it the feel of an old record, and the vocals and piano underneath the distortion reinforce its place as a strong ballad which could’ve strolled out of the thirties and onto your iPod. Wistful ballad, ‘Neon Lights’ sees Franceschi firmly back behind the piano and provides the perfect song to end summer with.

The first song fans were given was the album’s ninth track, ‘Options’. How to describe this song with justice? ‘Options’ is atmospheric, from Elissa’s vocals to the use of piano, bass and synths scattered throughout the song, it’s a sprawling work, reminiscent of the early works of Polly Scattergood. Elissa’s breathy voice in the chorus lifts the song into something undeniably larger than it may have been before. It’s something completely new for the singer-songwriter, but it leaves me with little goosebumps on my arms, so I’d say that this change in direction is very, very welcome.

Franceschi ends the record with ‘Possibilities’, an uplifting track complete with handclaps and ‘oh oh’s that will surely get the crowd singing. “I’ve got faith that could cut through stone” she declares and, as the album finishes, I don’t doubt it in the slightest.

It took faith to make an album like this and a huge element of risk, especially for an independent artist. It has undoubtedly paid off and ‘Chemicals’ is Franceschi’s strongest work yet. From her experimentation with synths in songs like ‘Courage’ and ‘Strangers…’ to the twists on ballads that fans thought would be familiar, Elissa has pulled out all the surprises and has been rewarded with the best album of her career. Take a bow, Miss Franceschi, the drinks are on us!

‘Chemicals’ is released September 29th, on Itunes Worldwide and limited signed CDs from her official merchandise strore.

Happy birthday to my spectacular Mum XxX
Sep 12, 2014 / 5 notes

Happy birthday to my spectacular Mum XxX

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Sep 12, 2014 / 3 notes

Sep 12, 2014

Saturday 9pm. The song that no one will be expecting. Get Ready. #strangerstoloverstoghosts ft. @sami_switch @sami_chokri

Sep 11, 2014 / 14 notes

Really proud of how this song turned out, was not easy to record coz we could not settle on a production style but im so happy we kept it pure and a little raw. please share the link if you dig it and the album comes out september 29th X

Sep 11, 2014 / 22 notes

Another new song for you to SHARE REBLOG and TWEET We hope you enjoy this one, it’s all about the push and pull… X

Sep 8, 2014 / 26 notes

Taken from the new album CHEMICALS

Extremely excited to share the artwork for my new album CHEMICALS with you all. This has been an unbelievable journey, thank you for being a part of it. Keep your eyes peeled because we will be posting A BRAND NEW SONG NEXT WEEK  in advance of the imminent release. All we ask is that you spread the music like Wildfire.
REBLOG. RETWEET. LIKE. SHARE Love Elissa X
Sep 5, 2014 / 23 notes

Extremely excited to share the artwork for my new album CHEMICALS with you all. This has been an unbelievable journey, thank you for being a part of it. Keep your eyes peeled because we will be posting A BRAND NEW SONG NEXT WEEK  in advance of the imminent release. All we ask is that you spread the music like Wildfire.

REBLOG. RETWEET. LIKE. SHARE Love Elissa X

My producer hates me hahaha
Sep 5, 2014 / 1 note

My producer hates me hahaha

Sep 3, 2014 / 8 notes

Happy as a Pig in Shit

Elissa Franceschi Talks New Album ‘Chemicals,’ Where She Is Musically, and What 2015 Has In Store For Her

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Words: Charlie Dowd

Elissa Franceschi is gearing up to release her fifth independent release Chemicals next month, so we thought we’d reach out to her to discuss the new record, what’s happened in the last year and where she wants to go next. If her last release Devoid of Rue is anything to go by, Chemicals should be a compelling, and heartbreaking listen.

The IMC:  Firstly, could you tell us what you’ve been up to since we spoke last year?

EF: I’ve dialed things down. I’ve traveled. I went on tour around the UK. I have been focusing on writing [for me and for others] I’ve made some lifestyle changes and I taught myself the guitar. I also did a few secret solo shows with it which was very liberating.

The aim is always to evolve. Mainly I hope that I can create a body of work that sounds progressive in style!

The IMC: Devoid of Rue was a huge step up from your previous release Into The Light, were you seeking to top the EP or is that not something you think about when heading back into the studio?

EF: Of course, the aim is always to evolve. Mainly I hope that I can create a body of work that sounds progressive in style, I hope to have improved my vocal ability and for my writing to be stronger. What I was definitely seeking was to find new subjects to talk about, there is a huge amount of variety & the themes are further reaching. I’ve gone darker in places [For example on ‘Courage’] but I’ve also gone lighter [For example on ‘Possibilities’ ‘]

The IMC:  Could you possibly tell us who you worked with on the album? Producers, songwriters etc…

EF: Yes! The album has been produced by Martin Searle who is a House D.J named ‘Unorthodox’. He’s spent the summer in Ibiza and Marbella supporting Clean Bandit and Example – he is a phenomenal talent and is the beat brains on this record. I also worked very closely with Jonathan Vears, a ridiculous multi-instrumentalist who has played on some of the most anthemic songs of my generation. Songs like ‘Love the Way You Lie’ by Eminem and ‘Airplanes’ with Hayley Williams and B.O.B. I can’t really say enough about what working with Jon and Martin has been like – they are consummate pros and they were very hard on me, particularly my vocals. I’m glad they were. I have a feature artist on a track called ‘Strangers to Lovers to Ghosts’ a young rapper named Sami Switch. He is just insane. He showed up to the session with the worst hangover, listened to his bars then came over to me half an hour later and totally nailed it – the subtleties of what the song is about [Kintsugi, look it up!] and the energy. I’m still bewildered that any of them were willing to work with me, it was a pleasure.
The IMC:  “All These Days” was featured on British TV recently and you mentioned on your social media that your music’s reaching various countries across the world, how does it feel to be so far-reaching?
EF: It’s very surreal to think that the songs have reached people as far away as Hong Kong and New Zealand, it is on a grassroots scale still but it grows each year, and the humbling thing is, I don’t lose them. I don’t put out vast quantities of online content, I don’t tour… so to have people grow with me as an artist after 4 [now 5] indie releases is pretty damn cool. Mainly it encourages me to deliver regular material. But the whole social media thing, I do struggle with it- sometimes. I wish I could get a clean slate, erase my digital footprint, start over and be cool.
I was interested to pick apart several different states of emotion with different people, different moments of time and see how the chemicals took hold or how I managed to take control back.
The IMC: Can you tell us more about the subject matter of the album? Devoid of Rue was kind of conceptual in the way it seemed to all work as one story.
EF: The album is called ‘Chemicals’ and the idea behind that, is so much of our emotional experience of the world and people is dictated by our hormones. These chemicals inside can really mess with us, we put chemicals into our bodies through drugs and alcohol, bad food. It all determines our state of mind and our mood. So I guess, I was interested to pick apart several different states of emotion with different people, different moments of time and see how the chemicals took hold or how I managed to take control back.

The IMC: With songwriting, is there ever a moment on particularly personal songs that you wonder if you can put something out into the world?

EF:  Absolutely. I really struggled with that on two songs in particular. But you know, when I was 15 and trying to make sense of depression or displacement or unrequited feelings I was not embarrassed, everything went into the song. So why change that process now. I’m an adult and if anything I have a more clarified view on things and can articulate them better, plus I have always maintained that to be authentic as a writer we have to tell the whole raw truth. I have no issue with being raw about myself. I can’t tell you how healing it was to write ‘Courage’. But of course when I write about someone else so directly, my hope is that they see past the exposure and hear the message, which 9 times out of 10 is one of love.

The IMC: If you can pick one, which is your favorite track off the new album? And why?

EF: I’d have to say ‘O Brother’. I wrote it in 15 minutes one night and thought it was the best thing I’d ever done but it was an absolute nightmare to record, literally a catastrophe and made me doubt everything. It sits on such an awkward groove and the strings had to be arranged in such a way that didn’t interfere with the vocal melody – I have to credit Jon with that. We broke through when I did the middle 8  ‘nobody noticing’ part… it was improvised and Martin was so primed to do 100 takes I’m sure, but something came over me and each time I sung the ‘nobody noticing’ line I went higher and higher in my register & thought I was going to burst a lung! When we finished Martin was like ‘I’m so glad you got that in one take because you are NEVER gonna sing like that all in one breath again in your life!!’. He’s right it’s impossible to sing that but who cares, we have it forever now.

The IMC: Each year you continue to reach new milestones in your career, 2014 being a great year for you, how would you like 2015 to pan out?
EF: 2015 is completely unknown territory for me right now. I won’t be living in the UK, that much I do know. All I can do is try and get the right songs into the right hands. The industry is in such a mess right now, so I’m just glad to be free of the urge to obtain a ‘deal’. That is no longer the primary goal. If I can still get the attention of world class producers and players and have songs selling in Hong Kong and New Zealand this time next year- then I’m happy as a pig in shit.