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Song You Need to Know: Isabella Manfredi, ‘One Hit Wonder’

A bridge between her acclaimed past and unwritten future, Isabella Manfredi proves that “One Hit Wonder” is anything but.

Maclay Heriot*

Isabella Manfredi has unveiled a new track, with the mesmerisingly funky “One Hit Wonder” officially arriving today.

Produced by Manfredi in collaboration with Lucy Taylor (Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding) and producer Chris Collins, the track follows on from the release of “Jealousy”, which in turn was released alongside the announcement of The Preatures’ dissolution.

Like its predecessor, the new single is fierce, powerful, and magnetic, and sees Manfredi not only asserting her dominance as an acclaimed performer, but also fittingly proves that “One Hit Wonder” is anything but.

“When I walked into the session for ‘One Hit Wonder’ in March 2020, two weeks before the pandemic really hit. The Preatures had already been in limbo for eighteen months and I had been off the stage and in stalemate,” Manfredi explains.

“The day before the session I had been in the studio with G Flip, Jess B and Thandi Phoenix for Like a Version, and I came home from rehearsals energised and inspired. I sat down at my piano and wrote the pre-chorus and chorus, and over the next few days I finished ‘One Hit Wonder’ with Chris Collins and Lucy Taylor.

“I remember it feeling tongue [in] cheek at the time, like maybe it could be a Preatures song. But I was really saying I was done with the band before I was ready to admit it to myself. I think sometimes it can be hard to swallow that the strongest thing you can do is cut your losses and walk away. It’s also right to acknowledge when something truly was wondrous and leave it at that.”

A true bridge between her acclaimed past and unwritten future, “One Hit Wonder” is set to receive its official live debut this weekend, with Manfredi on track to perform the single as part of an appearance on ABC’s The Sound on Sunday evening at 5:30pm AEDT.

“One Hit Wonder” is also slated to appear on Manfredi’s forthcoming solo debut album, which is on track to arrive in 2022, though further details are yet to be revealed.

Isabella Manfredi’s “One Hit Wonder” is out now.