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Lights are blinding. and overwhelming.

To say last nights gig was a long time coming is an understatement. It was this time last year that Ellie Goulding‘s ‘Wish I Stayed’ became a steady favourite on my playlist. As the year progressed and her collaborations with Starsmith grew more electronic, her cover of Bon Ivor’s, ‘Wolves’ and Sam Sparro’s ‘Black & Gold’ were gathering attention and she was making a name on the blogosphere, it was clear something huge was about to happen for her.

Number one on most ‘sound of 2010’ lists, Ellie’s album came out on the 1st March. Some were disappointed. I think it’s gold. I have already addressed the merits of the album, I won’t start again. What I appreciate about Ellie Goulding is there is no frills, no attitude, no controversy. Just fucking talent.

I had the opportunity to see her on Saturday in the Olympia (Thank you, Dylan!) and last night in the Academy. On her opening line, my jaw dropped. Her voice is captivating. Her presence is endearing. Her musical ability’s are unquestionable. The package works. As she belted out her short set at the Olympia and her full album last night, broken up with acoustic interludes and drumming breaks, the audience were in love. On first listen, the album would hardly be titled ‘explosive’. On stage, it translates into this high energy, excitable set, full of originality. Highlights were ‘Salt Skin’, ‘Under The Sheets’ and ‘The Writer’. I was also very happy to hear the acoustic version of ‘Wish I Stayed’ due to my issues with the modifications on the album.

It was worth the wait to see her. There are few moments where artists live up to or exceed expectations live.

Gwan Ellie.

Lights shine, no matter what you do.

Forget the hype. Forget all those early releases. Taking Ellie Goulding‘s album, ‘Lights’ at face value, I think it’s beautiful. Many have called it safe, over produced or just a bit too short. I think it’s a very accurate summation of her musical journey thus far and has enough to stand it’s own two feet.

The thirty five or so minutes showcase a pop/folk conflict which is incredibly interesting to listen to. Yes, you can feel Starsmith‘s influence on each track but what is the harm? When these two came together in early 2009, a strong and exciting relationship was born and they took this and ran with it. Producing the likes of ‘Black & Gold’ and ‘Starry Eyed’ there combination is unparalleled. I would like to see her work with a variety of producers on the next album which I think will be a crucial part of her ongoing success but for now, I’m content.

The album opens with a ‘Guns & Horses’ which has been modified quite a bit towards the end of the track to allow Ellie’s vocals some stage time and is an clear view of what the album is about. ‘Starry Eyed.’ in it’s new skin is incredible as always. The Writer, a song I wasn’t in love with when I heard it first last year I now find captivating, if not for the lyrics alone. The production of it is basic. It’s lovely. ‘Every Time You Go’ is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I find it a nice balance of this pop/folk struggle and I’m finding it tempting not to put the introduction alone, on repeat.

My only issue is ‘Wish I Stayed’. This original, a collaboration with FrankMusik was a beautiful folk ballad. They have destroyed it with an assortment of what can only be described as noise underneath the vocals. I’m guessing this was done in an act of panic. Or hope so at least. I’ll be keeping the orginal, thank you.

Overall, I find the album one of the most enjoyable and original albums I have heard in a while. And no, it’s not covered in attitude, risky hooks, shouting ballads or ‘cuckoos’ but it’s what Ellie Goulding is about; letting the talent speak for itself.

Repeat, please.

Oh Ellie, how you shine.

Don’t believe the hype? Honestly, I think we should. Most of the blogging world have been munching on about Ellie Goulding‘s angelic voice for the best part of 2009 and rightly so. And now, as her name is on most of those ‘hot in 2010’ lists, it’s clear Polydor sat up and took note. I stumbled across this ‘Introduction to Ellie Goulding’ EP type thing on iTunes and decided it was worth the purchase. There is a brief interview where she discusses her writing process and her home and pop influences and the ole, always neccessary process of ‘self discovery’. She also expresses her excitement about headlining gigs and people ‘knowing her songs’. She really is an incredibly personable character, very real and endearing which suits her voice and music. The aesthetic of the video interview and her performances of ‘Wish I Stayed’ and ‘Roscoe’ is possibly an insight into the vision Polydor have for her… Desaturated, beautifully lit studios with a very relaxed looking Ellie, tousled hair and raggy denim shirt.

Bring on 2010 and this highly anticipated album.

Going for Gould

Following the release of Ellie Goulding’s, ‘Under the Sheets’ video I have been playing the song repeatedly and wishing everything I touched sprung up gold dust. The visual impact of this beautiful video fits Gouldings voice and style perfectly. Not only does she have an amazing video and song but the London starlet was then asked to play on Jools Holland. Starsmith just posted the video on his twitter moments ago. She looks great. She sounds awesome. Her awkward stance is wonderful. Well done Ellie.

StarryHead

Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead has been reworked, retouched and is now something rather lovely. Yet again, Goldsmith, made up of Ellie Goulding & Starsmith have produced an exciting release. There have been a few remixe/covers of this song and few have failed to make me replace the original song on any playlist. The song’s melody and lyrics has remained, with Gouldings voice running through the track, making the tone of the song change entirely. Lovely work kids, I for one am grateful. Go to Starsmith’s myspace to hear the track.

Swim Ellie, Swim

Ellie Goulding has just posted a new demo to her myspace titled ‘Swimming Pool’. This enjoyable folky tune is only a demo which may explain that lack of ambient beats and synths used in her other tunes but admittedly, I prefer this sound. Her voice comes across in a more natural way which is a nice change from the previous Goldsmith ventures with Starsmith. As much as I adore this girl, I do hope some dramatic change happens with her next few releases. Her staying power may be slightly lessened by her unique voice not being used to it’s full potential by taking a few risks musically. A lovely tune all the same.

It just gets better.

The Starsmith + Ellie Goulding collaboration, ‘Goldsmith’ seem to have a new song on the way. This video for ‘Under the Sheets’ offers a preview of the song which sounds quite wonderful. Their previous songs including Starry Eyed were very¬†warmly received so heres hoping this song can do well from this acclaim.¬†Bring it on.