Firstly, Francesca de Valence’s latest offering Phoenix Rising is so much more than the gentle sound of birds rousing you from slumber.
Showcasing all the facets of an incredible voice and nuanced and thoughtful songwriter, Francesca has uncovered and invited us into a darker, moody yet ultimately triumphant expression.
Above all, as the song develops, gears are shifting cleverly between major and minor. As a result, it builds with thoughtful production supporting its trajectory. In addition, the repeated tension pays off with a massive full soprano chorus release.
Therefore, showcasing Francesca’s powerful and liquid-like soprano, the song unfolds taloned and ominous. However, always with promise on the horizon. Above all, always the flames burning distant and clear in the darkness. In conclusion, the massive chorus and its triumphant rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes.
Written as part of I Heart Songwriting Club, Phoenix Rising was Francesca’s response to the theme “birds.” In addition the guideline of whistling transformed to the ‘operatic’ bridge section in the final recording. The track was recorded by one half of Saint-Hughs, Nick O’Donnell, and the music video directed by Daryl Lee Irvine. As a result, both glorify Francesca’s creative vision.
The emblazoned music video features future 2018 Commonwealth Games weightlifting star Alyce Stephenson and twin Emma Cervetto as duo Lyra aerialists. In addition, Francesca plays the rising phoenix, along with artists who created the look of these striking characters. These include Rebecca Anthony, Jodie Taylor, Shy Designs, and international fashion label based in Brisbane, Black Milk Clothing.