Slowly coming into focus on the back of a volume swell, we discover the first few bars of “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die) by Gianni Bodo as stealthy as they are bittersweet. The instrumentation is immediately as evocative as can be, but the chills induced at this introductory portion of the song pale in comparison to what the chorus has in store for all listening. If you’re within earshot of any speakers pumping this new single out, you’re going to have a reaction to its rhythm – and more specifically, the rhymes that it carries forth into the air around us.
Gianni Bodo’s voice is the starring attraction in “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die),” but it isn’t the only velvety vocal in the mix at all. He’s accompanied by one Brigitte Pace, a young woman who breaks off a harmonious duet as though it’s second nature, and the steam they generate in the first chorus here alone is enough to warrant another collaboration in the future. Together, they work the ebb and flow of the percussion, introducing emotionality to every element of the music whether intentionally or not. Their kinship is undeniable, but beyond their obvious love for the music they’re making, they’re as tuned-in to the narrative in “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” as two artists can be without giving themselves over to insanity. It makes for a surreal listening experience, and that’s putting it quite mildly.
This soft and chic new single from the mind of Gianni Bodo comes to an end much as it first begins – in a provocative fade that suggests its lead singer still has a lot left to do before calling it a career. “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” has what it takes to become an inevitable springtime classic, and with the right attention from critics and fans this May, it’s going to bring Gianni Bodo and Brigitte Pace a lot of well-deserved respect in the industry. They’re on fire here, and making a strong case for theirs being the most affectionate duet to debut from an indie source in the year 2020.
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