Francesca Blanchard Drops “Ex-Girlfriend” Ahead of Valentine’s Day

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

Francesca Blanchard has released a new song and official music video alongside the start of her East Coast tour. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Ex-Girlfriend” offers due, clever and catching commentary on the millennial obsession with self-documentation through social media.

Francesca takes playful but precise jabs at her generation’s love affair with itself — one haunted by digital record, coated in photoshop filters, and in turn, wildly detached from reality. She sings “When all I do is spy on other people’s lives, I disregard my own…” 

Directed by Kayhl Cooper, the video chronicles the tragically familiar process of comparing oneself to a partner’s past. Between pops of color and robotic choreography, Francesca inserts herself into imaginary snapshots of “model” lives, casting herself as an accidental internet stalker consumed by insecurities and depicting the dark hilarity of social media’s sabotaging effects. Francesca describes the video as “a new age thriller, an alternate reality where the planet is run by plastic mannequins and Siri is the narrator.”

Francesca Blanchard is a French-American songwriter based in Burlington, Vermont. Since the release of her bilingual folk debut Deux Visions in 2015, the genre-bending songwriter has been busy redefining her wheelhouse. Following a year of extensive touring throughout the US and Europe, Blanchard took some time to rediscover what she wanted to say — and how to say it. She gave rein to a growing interest in production, marking a departure from her acoustic roots. The result is melodic indie-pop bursting with bold vulnerability, cathartic relief and a refreshing dose of self-awareness — a direction that demonstrates an evolving critical consciousness and relish for catchy hooks. Francesca’s sonic intuition remains expert and beautiful, but her newfound sense of play makes this work her most daring and relatable yet. 

2/5 | New York NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
2/6 | Philadelphia PA @ Dawson Street Pub
2/7 | Middletown CT @ MAC 650
2/12 | Burlington VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop
2/14 | Montreal QC @ Casa Del Popolo
2/19 | New York NY @ Rockwood Music Hall 
2/20 | Northampton MA @ The Parlor Room
2/21 | Portsmouth NH @ The Press Room
2/22 | Portland ME @ Sun Tiki Studios
2/26 | Burlinton, VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop
3/05 | Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean
3/11 | New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

3/20 | Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*

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