U.Okay. duo AlunaGeorge returns with a new EP titled Champagne Eyes as we speak (Oct. 5), and Billboard caught up with singer-songwriter Aluna Francis to debate the brand new file, the choice to go unbiased, and above all, the significance of woman energy.
“I'm not attempting to please the plenty. I'm simply going to enchantment to the individuals who really feel as if they don’t slot in, as a result of I’m a younger girl of coloration and I grew up being an alien in my group,” Francis tells Billboard concerning the latest chapter for the duo (which additionally consists of producer George Reid). “I’ve achieved what I wished as a result of I used to be in a position to create my very own world.”
Francis and Reid have taken a much-needed hiatus since 2016’s I Remember, and had been in a position to have whole inventive freedom as they labored on Champagne Eyes, which is the primary unbiased launch for the duo. It options Bryson Tiller on “Cold Blooded Creatures” and Cautious Clay on “Superior Emotion,” each of which carry a sultry, sensual sound that would by no means be labeled as a single style. Indeed, the EP advantages from R&B, pop and dance components, making a cool, fearless vibe that's harking back to the duo’s 2013 debut album Body Music.
“We love melody and a superb beat, and extra lately we realized we're actually not simple pop artists,” Francis says about departing their main label. “We've all the time sort of been genre-less, so there was no cause for us to start out attempting to be in a style.”
As for the message? The title observe, as Francis explains, speaks to the entire EP. It's about "the introvert standing up at these events the place everybody's a mannequin and proudly owning the area, being like, 'This celebration's wack and I'm gonna be fearless tonight, as a result of I would like a break from judging myself.'"
Francis additionally tackles related points on tracks like "Famous," which she describes as “a celebration that some males have been made well-known for the flawed causes and it's ended their careers…it’s really attainable to get some sort of justice.”
Women’s empowerment continues to be a mission for Francis, who does all-female DJ units and has an all-female Spotify playlist outdoors of the AlunaGeorge venture. Finally, she says the duo might be happening tour quickly, together with “an all-female group, as a result of I’m practising what I preach.”
Stream and take heed to the Champagne Eyes EP under.