Ellie Goulding rose to fame in 2010 with her cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, and proceeded to score a massive gig – with that very song – at William and Kate's wedding reception. Since then, she’s become the popular It-girl of the electro-pop blogosphere, and the latest indie girl-wonder on MTV. We weren’t expecting it, but there’s something strangely addictive about her high-pitched voice that makes us come back for more.
She reminds us of what a heartbroken, teenage Kate Bush would sound like. Whether it’s her dance-y hooks or folk-y roots, there’s no denying that this young filly is just going to get bigger and bigger in the industry. Her 2011 single ‘Lights’ was an enormous hit – and caught the attention of music producers like Starsmith and Calvin Harris, and ex-paramour Skrillex (eeks!). Just last month, the British singer/songwriter released her sophomore album ‘Halcyon’ which rose to number two on the UK album charts and number nine on the Billboard 200.
'Anything Could Happen' - Ellie Goulding
‘Anything Could Happen’ preceded the album as its lead single, which was brilliantly conceived by Jim Eliot who's worked with artists like Kylie Minogue and Will Young. Despite the heaps of vocal layering and other-worldly soundscapes (check out 'Only You' and 'Dead In The Water') - replete with chirrup shrills and overlapping synth textures - Goulding pulls the 14-track LP off so elegantly without falling into the glut of showboating electro-folk. Two thumbs up!
Ellie Goulding: Live in Singapore is on 26 Feb 2013 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, 7.30pm. Tickets at $148, $128, $108, $88, $68 go on sale at Sistic from 12 Nov.