Joined by the incomparable Brigitte Pace behind the microphone, the brilliantly poetic “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” sees singer/songwriter Gianni Bodo issuing an unforgettable vocal showcase this spring. Boldly saturated with colorful tones that some artists would leave on the sidelines out of selfish insecurity, there’s no overstating how big a song this is for its creator. Six years after Fade to Rose rocked the underground, Gianni Bodo is back with some of his best content to see widespread release in “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die),” and making a strong case for his being one of the smartest players in his scene today.

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There’s not a lot of swing in the percussion here, but frankly I don’t think we need any for the track to be danceable. Even before the admission of drums into the master mix, there’s a rhythmic energy shadowing every word Gianni Bodo sings. When Pace comes into the fold, her supple harmony only amplifies the undersized groove developing in the backdrop. This is both balladic and supremely smooth in stylization, leading me to the conclusion that “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” is probably the most well-rounded and multidimensional single Bodo has released thus far.

The chemistry between these two vocalists is off the charts-good from the jump. It would be really interesting to hear them experiment together in a song slightly less ambitious in compositional structure in the future; perhaps even an acoustic number comprised of similarly soft melodies. They’ve got so much that they’re stirring out of each other here, and while I was already a fan of Bodo’s pipes to begin with, he seems all the more on-point when paired with someone of Pace’s immense caliber . This could be the start of a beautiful working relationship, and personally, I’m hoping it is.

If this song is just a sneak preview of what’s to come from the next chapter in Gianni Bodo’s story, I’ll be eagerly awaiting his future studio dispatches for certain. There are a lot of great musicians coming out of the north right now, but if you’re looking to find something original and slightly more melodic than the status quo would typically call for, I think this is the man you want to go see. “Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die)” is a great look for both he and Brigitte Pace, as well as the scene that gave them their start.

Sebastian Cole