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Single Review: Ellie Goulding – On My Mind

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

In 2014, Ed Sheeran sent the rumour mill rife with speculation with the release of ‘Don’t’, a controversial track about a cheating ex-popstar. Through a number of clues within the lyrics and a confession from the ginger-haired singer/songwriter himself, it soon emerged that the popstar in question was none other than Ellie Goulding, after a fling with One Direction’s Niall Horan in a swanky hotel (if the gossip magazines are to be believed). Fast forward a year, and Ellie Goulding has responded with a diss single of her own, ‘On My Mind’.

“Next thing that I know I’m in a hotel with you / you were talking deep like it was mad love to you / you wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos,” Goulding’s delicate vocals sing in quick-fire lines over a syncopated guitar riff. The electro-pop/r&b sound, produced by Max Martin, is unfamiliar territory for Goulding, who built her career upon a series of indie-pop records and love anthems for soundtracks (‘Divergent’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’), although the new approach works in her favour.

The unapologetic and bold nature of the lyrics – which point out faults in Ed Sheeran’s account of the events – reinforce Ellie Goulding’s robust songwriting credentials. It may not hook you immediately but, after a few repeat listens, you’ll find yourself humming along and bellowing out the chorus (a repetition of “why I got you on my mind”) at the top of your lungs.

Is the infectious, fresh pop perspective of ‘On My Mind’ a small taste of what to expect from Ellie Goulding’s impending third studio album? Hopefully. In the meantime, don’t be surprised to hear her latest single being overplayed on the airwaves ahead of its imminent chart success. This is a song that will be on your mind (pun intended) for some time.

9/10

Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ is out now and is the first single to be taken from her third studio album ‘Delirium’, which will be released on the 6th of November. Watch the Las Vegas-themed promo for the single below.

 

Ellie Goulding / March 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 21st September 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Pop superstar Ellie Goulding has just announced details of an upcoming arena tour of the UK for next March.  Goulding recently followed up her hit single ‘Love Me Like You Do’ with a new track called ‘On My Mind’ from her upcoming album ‘Delirium’, which is due out on the 6th of November.

Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale on Friday the 25th of September at 9 AM.  Past TGTF coverage of Ellie Goulding can be found right back here.

Tuesday 8th March 2016 – Cardiff Arena
Thursday 10th March 2016 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Saturday 12th March 2016 – Sheffield Arena
Sunday 13th March 2016 – Nottingham Arena
Tuesday 15th March 2016 – Leeds Arena
Wednesday 16th March 2016 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 18th March 2016 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Saturday 19th March 2016 – Manchester Arena
Monday 21st March 2016 – Birmingham Arena
Thursday 24th March 2016 – London O2

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): Ellie Goulding sings ‘I Need Your Love’ at the BBC Music Tepee

 
By on Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 11:00 pm
 

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Before making her late night appearance at the Other Stage Sunday at Glastonbury 2014, pop princess Ellie Goulding stopped by the BBC Music Tepee for this stripped back, acoustic version of ‘I Need Your Love’, also baring her midriff in the process. Check it out below. Miss Goulding’s come a long way since we started writing about her in 2009!

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

 

Video of the Moment #1420: Ellie Goulding

 
By on Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

I’ll be honest, I chose this new video from pop princess Ellie Goulding for today’s VOTM because, well, we’re freezing in America. And this video for ‘Goodness Gracious’ is pretty in its multicolour, glittery, black-lit presentation, and Goulding is dancing around in sequined shorts, which leads me to believe it must have been filmed somewhere far warmer than here.

‘Goodness Gracious’ is one of the new tracks added to Ellie’s second album ‘Halcyon’ when it was reissued as ‘Halcyon Days’ (read Carrie’s review of the reissue here). Goulding is on tour in England in March.

 

Ellie Goulding / March 2014 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 29th August 2013 at 8:30 am
 

Ms. Ellie Goulding will be playing a trio of English arena dates in March 2014. Tickets are on sale tomorrow the 30th of August at 9 AM.

Goulding just released her 2 CD re-release + rarities ‘Halcyon Days’ this past Monday, and go here to read Carrie’s review of it.

Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Liverpool Echo Two @ Echo Arena
Sunday 9th March 2014 – London O2

 

Album Review: Ellie Goulding – Halycon Days

 
By on Tuesday, 27th August 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days coverI’ve stated before that electro-dance-pop isn’t my particular cup of tea. But one thing about it that has always fascinated me is the constantly evolving nature of the music. The sheer number of collaborations among different artists and producers generates a seemingly infinite number of remixes and variations on the songs. Keeping track of those collaborations and remixes can a daunting task, especially when they are released in different versions for different occasions. But their creativity and artistic vision make the exploration worthwhile, if you’re willing to expend the time and effort.

Ellie Goulding has, so far, consistently acknowledged the continual progression of her music. Her debut album ‘Lights’ was rereleased within a few months as ‘Bright Lights,’ with the addition of a few previously unreleased tracks and a new perspective on the album as a whole. Goulding has now released ‘Halcyon Days,’ a similar reissue of her 2012 album ‘Halcyon’.

For those expecting something like the light, fresh pop energy of ‘Lights’, ‘Halcyon’ must have come as an assault on the ears: it’s much heavier and edgier, more intent on electronica, with more pronounced synthetic electro effects. Forceful, often tribal-sounding rhythms and predominantly electro-synth instrumentation blend with Goulding’s ethereally breathy singing tone, leaving any trace of Goulding’s folk roots behind.

Goulding has described ‘Halcyon’ as a break-up album, and there is a damsel-in-distress feeling to the songs, despite some musically triumphant moments. Layering of vocals, especially in the choruses, creates a grand effect. Dynamically, the album covers its bases from boldly brash to reflectively quiet, but the lyrics are sometimes lost in the noise. The album in general is emotionally charged, with its direct, repetitive lyrics placing the listener’s attention squarely on Goulding’s sparkling singing voice.

The first folio of songs (CD 1) on ‘Halcyon Days’ is somewhat varied from the original version of ‘Halcyon’, including an extended version of ‘Hanging On’ (featuring Tinie Tempah), Goulding’s cover of the Active Child track, and the familiar hit single ‘I Need Your Love’ (Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding). The real surprises on ‘Halcyon Days’ appear in the second folio of songs (CD 2), which contains ten previously unreleased tracks.

Collaborations abound, including ‘Goodness Gracious’ (co-written with Nate Ruess of fun.), ‘Stay Awake’ (featuring Madeon), and ‘Flashlight’ (featuring DJ Fresh). Goulding also incorporates some interesting cover versions, most notably a sultry smooth jazz version of alt-J’s ‘Tesselate’. In ‘Midas Touch’, a cover of ’80s funk pop group Midnight Star, Goulding’s sensual vocal delivery offers some grace to an otherwise tacky lyric, “I’ve got the Midas Touch, baby let me touch your body and your soul”.

Goulding touches upon her folk-pop inclinations on ‘Hearts Without Chains,’ where she allows her singing voice to be a bit rougher and more expressive of the heartfelt lyrics. Similarly, her cover of The Waterboys’ ‘How Long Will I Love You,’ is sweetly sung, musically restrained, and emotionally very effective.

Newcomers to Ellie Goulding’s music might find ‘Halcyon Days’ to be a bit overwhelming in its variety, between the heavy dance sensibility of the first folio and the artistic exploration of the second. Dedicated fans, regardless of how they feel about Goulding’s musical direction on ‘Halcyon’, will certainly appreciate the new material she presents here.

6.5/10

‘Halcyon Days’ is available now from Polydor Records. Watch the video for its first single, ‘Burn’, here.

 
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