2020 hasn’t been the best all-around year for indie pop, but there’s no disputing that the new single from Gianni Bodo, “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” is definitely a diamond in the rough. Made up of a gorgeous duet between Bodo and Brigitte Pace as well as a flood of dreampop-style melodies from the instrumentation as sexy as they are simple, “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” is a refreshingly refined pop song if I’ve ever heard one before. There’s no stopping the momentum of a good hook once you’ve heard it for the first time, and in this area, I can vouch for this single’s wholesome authenticity.
There’s a great tonality to all of the instrumentation here, but from where I sit, the vocals are always the centerpiece in “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die).” There’s simply too much magnetism between these two players for us to devote any less than our full attention to their harmony, but this doesn’t take anything away from beats, nor the other melodic components in the song at all. It’s but a statement of facts, and moreover, a reaffirming of Bodo’s capabilities as a singer and collaborator in this next decade of his professional life.
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Gianni Bodo’s songwriting has matured a lot since he released the album Fade to Rose back in 2014. Where Fade to Rose showed shades of the introspection that he’s showing off so vibrantly here, it altogether lacked the conservative compositional technique that makes “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” a hit – in my opinion, that is. His self-awareness yields a surprisingly smart commentary on love in this track, and when you consider how rare that kind of a concept has been in contemporary indie pop, you’ve got to give Bodo, and Pace for that matter, their due props.
I’ve admittedly been left unimpressed by much of the recent material making it onto the top tier of the Billboard charts in the last couple of months, but as always, the underground comes through this May with a solid gold standard in “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die).” Gianni Bodo is on top of his game like few others in his class are, and his ongoing growth tells me that his sonic campaign is nowhere near an end. I’ve had my eye on him for a while, and from here on out, I’d recommend you keep his work on your radar as well.
by Bethany Page