Friday, January 8, 2010

Ellie Goulding does a win

Ellie Goulding (pronounced Golding, pronunciation fans) has won both the Brits Critic's Choice award and the BBC's Sound Of 2010 poll - which essentially means that if you don't like her you are WRONG and OUT OF TOUCH and DYSFUNCTIONAL and WHEAT INTOLERANT.

She's been banging around the blogs for a good 12 months or so, but if you don't know who she is yet, here is a picture of her nursing a canary back to life to help you identify her in the future:

What's great about Ellie is that her music sounds so fresh and unique that it's hard to define (although obviously I'm about to try). There are elements of celestial synth-pop in the production, but the songs all stem from a simple, strummed guitar. Her voice is a cross between Liz Fraser and Stevie Nicks - cracked, emotional and authentic - and her lyrics peddle a pleasing line in teenage heartbreak. The whole "package" sounds modern and traditional at the very same time. This is sure to please both your little sister and your mum and the playlist team at Radios One and Two and Magic and Virgin, all at the same time. Cunning.

Ellie's first post-poll single is Starry Eyed. There's no video yet but it sounds like this:

Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed

And it's worth re-watching these Jools Holland clips from last October to get a full impression of the Ellie experience.

Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets

Ellie Goulding - Guns & Horses

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