Isabella Manfredi shares debut single ‘Jealousy’, announces departure from The Preatures

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Isabella Manfredi shares debut single ‘Jealousy’, announces departure from The Preatures

Words by Will Brewster

It's the first taste of her upcoming solo album.

Considered as one of the most acclaimed Australian vocalists of the past decade, Isabella Manfredi has marked her return with the release of her first official solo single.

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The release of ‘Jealously’ is also accompanied by the news that Manfredi has departed her former band The Preatures, with the band also revealing that they’d also formally disbanded in the wake of her departure in a post to Instagram.

A lively track that features the instrumental talents of Kirin J Callinan, Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Kurt Vile, The xx) and Michael Di Francesco (AKA Touch Sensitive), ‘Jealousy’ looks to usher in a new era for Manfredi, who sounds more confident than ever across the track’s new wave instrumentation.

The song is the first of many tracks expected for release in the coming tracks, with Manfredi spending the past two years collaborating with a roster of musicians in Sydney, Los Angeles, Berlin, Nashville, New York, London and Paris.

“‘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),” Manfredi said in a press release.

“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.”

To accompany the track, Manfredi has also shared a music video for ‘Jealousy’ directed by Byron Spencer, of which she said that “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.”

‘Jealousy’ is out now via Island Records Australia.