British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding treats us with her new album Halcyon, which was released last month. The result is a beautiful record filled with timeless dreamy and folky electropop tunes that you’ll be playing for months to come.
The combination of Ellie’s distinguished, hoarse vocals and Jim Eliot’s tight production skills has turned out to be a solid one. Most of the 13 tracks on Halcyon are very well written and executed. From the euphoric My Blood to the more experimental Only You, which sees Goulding’s voice pitched up. And while the album is mostly centered around an edgy electronic sound, tracks like Halcyon, JOY and Explosions ensure lovers of folky, piano-based ballads are pleased too. But not every song’s a winner on the album; Figure 8 feels a little out of place with its cliche dubstep influences – everyone’s used those now, can we please move on?) And of course, the main single Anything Could Happen is on there as well. To MTV News, Ellie said: “I’ve moved on quite a bit since the first album, because I’ve discovered so much; I’ve learned a lot more and I’ve grown up a lot more. I’ve gained more influences and different influences and people have influenced it; I suppose just circumstances. “It’s a bit more tribal and anthemic; a bit more piano and vocal than anything. The last album was very electronic, but it was tied in with my voice; this one, to me, is way more of a pop record.”