By Cynthia Gross
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Pennsylvania-born and New York-based Edward the First recently released his latest single, “Hungry,” from his debut album, Renaissancing. The cinematic, 80s-inspired track is a witty, satisfying musical feast comprised of only the best ingredients.
The opening line of the song, “Come dance with me and let’s eat the rich,” sets the tone for Edward the First’s classic humorous style rooted in an exploration of weightier topics. The track starts off slow with an epic introduction that would feel at home in Elizabethan theatre and then picks up tempo, allowing listeners to relish in the freedom that comes from reclaiming one’s place in society.
“The Renaissance theme of this album is a commentary on how history repeats itself,” explains Edward the First. “America is falling, and entering a Dark Age. 2020-2021 was the year of an indiscriminate plague, and historically speaking, after the plague, there was a Renaissance. My hope is that when all of the dust settles, we enter a beautiful, colorful Renaissance – if we haven’t already.”
Edward the First’s precise, clever use of language and sound effects in “Hungry” are especially noteworthy. The song is filled with delectable food-inspired phrases such as ““sweet, juicy, and tender,” “picnic on Wall Street,” and “lick your lips” – as well as the sound of clinking coins and someone who knows “just how good greed can be” chomping brazenly on food.
“I want my audiences to take the same thing from any song I put out – fun!” explains Edward the First, the self-proclaimed royal love child of Marie Antoinette and George Michael. “I want them to get into it, have a good time, and experience joy. After this last year, we all need a whole lot of that.”
And “Hungry” allows listeners to experience all that and more. The song is arguably among the strongest of Renaissancing tracks released to date. With layered synths, powerful harmonies, and a dollop of nostalgia, the song brings new allure to greed and gluttony. Characteristic of Edward the First’s growing body of work, the song is meant to inspire a revolution from the ground up.
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Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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