“Florian reminding you that it’s okay to be yourself.”
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“Oh yeah Florian, this puts a massive smile on my face. You’ve hit this out of the galaxy.”
Triple J, Declan Byrne
“She delivers thick, up-tempo delight not too far off from the big pop names of the ‘80s – Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and so on.”
“An electro-pop queen on the rise, Florian plays for the crown.”
Returning with yet another polished pop release for 2021, comes Sydney’s Florian. Having made an impact this year already with the likes of Patrick Swayze and Yours & Mine, the songwriter and performer steps it up another notch with the vibrant and swirling new track, Seventeen.
An ode to her younger self and for the rest of us, a moment to look back on our own youth with equal parts nostalgia and self-awareness, Seventeen is emotional and uplifting. The single is also another prime example of Florian’s clear-cut skills as a pop songwriter and arranger: Seventeen is crisp, refreshing and instantly catchy.
The music is earnest without being twee; honest without being saccharine. The place Florian has written a song like Seventeen is one of maturity, realising how much power there can be in allowing yourself to just let go.
“The song speaks from two versions of me, one that’s the regular me, doing regular life things, having low days etc. and that’s kind of the verse lyrics, and then the wiser, happier, encouraging, love-yourself-version of me in the chorus who’s just like, “Go have a good time, you idiot!”” – Florian
Recording Seventeen at Campderdown’s FED Studios during 2020’s first lockdown, Florian worked with her band (Ollie Thorpe, Elliott Hitchcock, Harry Sutherland, Miles Thomas) in getting the song’s feel and energy just right.
Seventeen, with its ‘80s aesthetics, Stevie Nicks-esque dreamy quality and Prince-inspired guitar, adds to the overall emotion of the song. Previous Florian material has dabbled in this pastel-hued sonic territory, but there’s nothing schtick-y about how she navigates her own sound throughout. There is a genuine love for these sounds and the way her individual voice shines through.
“In November 2020, I recorded the track with my band at FED Studios which is actually two doors down from me in Camperdown. It was honestly one of the best weeks of my life. The band who are on ‘Seventeen’ are Ollie Thorpe (Guitar), Elliott Hitchcock (Bass), Harry Sutherland (Keys) & Miles Thomas (Drums). Ollie Thorpe, who has been my guitarist from day one, is really heavily featured in ‘Seventeen’, and no joke when he recorded the outro guitar part, we were using a tape echo live at the same time, so it was recorded exactly how you hear it on the record. I bawled my eyes out. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I still cry sometimes when I hear it, it’s my favourite part of the song.” – Florian
Taking things into her own hands for the Seventeen music video, Florian used being in lockdown to her advantage, focusing the video’s narrative of celebrating your birthday well…locked down. Again, like the song itself, the video is all about having fun and making the most of what you’ve got.
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