AlunaGeorge Talk 'Champagne Eyes' EP, the Importance Of 'Creating Your Own World'

 Lula Hyers
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U.K. duo AlunaGeorge returns with a new EP titled Champagne Eyes today (Oct. 5), and Billboard caught up with singer-songwriter Aluna Francis to discuss the new record, the decision to go independent, and above all, the importance of girl power.

“I'm not trying to please the masses. I'm just going to appeal to the people who feel as though they don’t fit in, because I am a young woman of color and I grew up being an alien in my community,” Francis tells Billboard about the newest chapter for the duo (which also includes producer George Reid). “I have achieved what I wanted because I was able to create my own world.”

Francis and Reid have taken a much-needed hiatus since 2016’s I Remember, and were able to have total creative freedom as they worked on Champagne Eyes, which is the first independent release for the duo. It features Bryson Tiller on “Cold Blooded Creatures” and Cautious Clay on “Superior Emotion,” both of which carry a sultry, sensual sound that could never be labeled as a single genre. Indeed, the EP benefits from R&B, pop and dance elements, creating a cool, fearless vibe that's reminiscent of the duo’s 2013 debut album Body Music

“We love melody and a good beat, and more recently we realized we're really not straightforward pop artists,” Francis says about departing their major label. “We've always kind of been genre-less, so there was no reason for us to start trying to be in a genre.”

As for the message? The title track, as Francis explains, speaks to the whole EP. It's about "the introvert standing up at these parties where everyone's a model and owning the space, being like, 'This party's wack and I'm gonna be fearless tonight, because I need a break from judging myself.'" 

Francis also tackles relevant issues on tracks like "Famous," which she describes as “a celebration that some men have been made famous for the wrong reasons and it's ended their careers...it is actually possible to get some kind of justice.” 

Women’s empowerment continues to be a mission for Francis, who does all-female DJ sets and has an all-female Spotify playlist outside of the AlunaGeorge project. Finally, she says the duo will be going on tour soon, along with “an all-female team, because I am practicing what I preach.”

Stream and listen to the Champagne Eyes EP below.