Sydney singer Isabella Manfredi has today announced she has officially left award-winning indie rockers the Preatures and launched a solo career with debut single Jealousy.
The spunky new wave-era evoking pop song is the first taste of her debut solo album, inspired by writing sessions and collaborations with G Flip, Emma Louise, Alex Hope and Perth’s Stella Donnelly.
Manfredi, who is pregnant with her first child, recorded Jealousy in Sydney with co-producer Chris Collins and an all-star band featuring Kirin J. Callinan, Michael Di Francesco and drummer Stella Mozgawa of Los Angeles indie rockers Warpaint.
The charismatic founding member of #KeepSydneyOpen and outspoken champion for the #MeToo movement in Australia, formed the Preatures with then boyfriend Jack Moffitt in 2010.
Their 2014 debut Blue Planet Eyes peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Album chart and featured the platinum-selling hit Is This How You Feel?
The Preatures’ unveiled second album Girlhood in 2017.
Manfredi said that Jealousy, which was written in London with producers Rich Cooper and Johnny Latimer, and is “a song about an unfaithful, embittered ex, meanwhile I’m happily committed and pregnant and moving on with my life”.
I love being pregnant, I’ve really stepped into myself.
In a recent interview as one of the faces of clothing brand Witchery’s Mother’s Day campaign, Manfredi said she is “one of those annoying people that’s been transformed by pregnancy”.
“I love being pregnant, I’ve really stepped into myself in more ways than one,” she added.
“Recently, I did a private show — it was my first solo show ever, being 25 weeks pregnant with her and my partner (technology designer and musician Rupert Parry) had never seen me perform.
“We got together almost two years ago and in that time I have not played. So that was pretty memorable.”