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Exciting newcomer Brigitte Bardini schools us on ethereal wave with her atmospheric debut single, Aphrodite, just released The track is accompanied by a dreamy video by Ayush Negi that was masterfully filmed through water to pull off a fittingly 90s alt-indie vibe.
This introspective track is dream-pop at its finest. Aphrodite will swiftly hijack your attention – its intricacies will draw you in and allow you to discover more with each listen, whilst further propelling the mystery of the artist. Dark, moody and oozing effortless cool, this song is for fans of PJ Harvey, Portishead and Bjork. (more info below)
Hi Brigitte, congrats on your debut single ‘Aphrodite’. The music video certainly portrays the dreamy alt-indie vibe!
Thanks for telling me your TOP 5 MOST INFLUENTIAL FEMALE ARTISTS! Excellent choices I must say!
1. PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey is an English musician and singer-songwriter. I really became familiar with her in my first year of university and was struck by her experimentalism, fearless expression and versatility. Albums such as ‘Is This Desire’ (1998) and ‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’ (2000) really inspired me to follow my own instincts in songwriting.
2. Alison Goldfrapp
Alison Goldfrapp is part of the synth pop duo ‘Goldfrapp’. She is known to have had a late start in music being 54 years old now and having released her first album, ‘Felt Mountain’ in 2000. The use of synth and ambient vocals in Goldfrapp’s music never fails to strike me along with their ability to create a sound that is so uniquely their own.
3. Kate Bush
Kate Bush’s artistic integrity was and will always be a huge inspiration for me. She never seems to sway from her own vision and creates her own sound being a songwriter and producer and having a huge range of input in artistic direction of her projects. An album that made me fall totally in love with her is called Aerial, released in 2005.
4. Elizabeth Fraser
Elizabeth Fraser is an amazing vocalist and songwriter. She was a member of Scottish rock band, ‘Cocteau Twins’, covered Tim Buckley’s song ‘Song to the Siren’ with This Mortal Coil, sung with Jeff Buckley on ‘All Flowers in Time’ and ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack. These works that I know and love all incorporate her beautifully unconventional vocal arrangements.
5. Joan Jett
Joan Jett is someone who was super influential when I was about 16. Especially because of her strength and initiative in following her dream regardless of what stood in her way as a young, teenage girl of the 70’s in an all-female American rock band, ‘The Runaways’, and then to go on and bring together ‘Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ under her own label in the 80’s. Her unapologetic nature was a motivating force for me to go with my gut and pursue music.
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Written and produced by Bardini who plays every instrument on the release, Aphrodite was recorded at Toyland studios and engineered and co-produced by Adam Calaitzis (who also tracked some synth bass for the song). “This song is themed around temptation and its repercussions,” explains Bardini. “It is a lesson of knowing your place in someone’s life isn’t as much of a priority as you might wish, but accepting this truth rather than expelling it.”
Directed by Bardini and Ayush Negi, an aspiring filmmaker from India, the video clip was inspired by the lyrics of the song that are centred around references of ancient Greek mythology, ‘sirens’ and ‘Aphrodite’. Filmed during isolation and drawing on DIY tricks and lessons from films, Negi was able to form an innovative approach to creating the video’s psychedelic, otherworldly, underwater feel. Bardini insights, “I wanted to create a film clip that immerses the viewer into this world of a goddess being beckoned, almost taking you underwater to Aphrodite’s birthplace.”
The abstract, alt pop artist from Melbourne who is just twenty years old and has put her psychology degree on hold to pursue a career in music, says she is a little daunted to be releasing her debut single out into the world for public opinion, but is “mostly excited to see how people receive the song with fresh ears.” And she wasn’t going to let these strange Covid-19 times put her off. “Music is always around and I look to it in trying times as well as the good times so I didn’t even second guess following through with the single release and dropping the album,” Brigitte explains, “It’s something that I feel not only other people may need, but selfishly I need a purpose now more than ever.”