Sydney’s Florian is returning with another polished pop release for 2021. Having made an impact this year 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.
Seventeen is an emotional and uplifting ode to her younger self, and a moment for the rest of us to look back on our own youth with both nostalgia and self-awareness. The crisp, refreshing and catchy single is also an example of Florian’s skills as a pop songwriter and arranger.
Florian wrote Seventeen from a place 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!”” says Florian.
Having previously dabbled in this pastel-hued sonic territory, Seventeen‘s ‘80s aesthetics, Stevie Nicks-esque dreamy quality and Prince-inspired guitar adds to the overall emotion of the song. 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 for Seventeen are Ollie Thorpe on the guitar, Elliott Hitchcock on the bass, Harry Sutherland on the keys and Miles Thomas on the 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.”
Taking things into her own hands for the Seventeen music video, Florian used being in lockdown to her advantage, focusing the video’s narrative on celebrating your birthday alone. Like the song itself, the video is all about having fun and making the most of what you’ve got.
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