Michael Head returns with the swaying, brassy beauty of ‘Ciao Ciao Bambino’

MICHAEL HEAD & THE RED ELASTIC BAND bring the curtain down on 2023 with new single, ‘Ciao Ciao Bambino,’ a joyous soundtrack to cherished memories and long-held dreams.

“’Ciao Ciao Bambino’ came to me one night when I was thinking about the first words I ever heard,” said Head. “It was a song called ‘Ciao Ciao Bambino’ that my mum used to sing to me when I was a baby. The song then kinda evolved from there and became a journey through time.”

Referencing Connie Francis’ song of the same name, the single also namechecks David Bowie and his cataclysmic impact on the young songwriter. Giving both Paris and Blackpool equally romantic dues, the single offers a dream-like, winding path through Head’s life as it’s been lived and glows to the very last note with the relief, joy, and the hope that love brings. 

If personal equilibrium led to the creative balance of ‘Dear Scott’ – Head’s unanimously-praised second solo album – in 2022, then a further year-and-a-half of settled reflection, health, happiness and artistic curiosity has pushed Head and his band from contained contentment, to overt and unapologetic ambition.

With 2024 offering the milestone of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Pale Fountains debut album, ‘Pacific Street,’ Head and his fans can bask in a moment of reflection before landing back in the present. Plans for music, live appearances and more are set to be announced from the start of next year. 
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