Ellie Goulding Drops By the Hotel on Rivington For a Chat
It was just two years ago that we watched a then-mostly-unknown Ellie Goulding take the stage at New York’s Hiro Ballroom, causing the hearts of so many young girls in the audience to flutter. She’s since taken this nation, and much of the world, by storm, winning the hearts of nearly everyone, regardless of age or gender. So it was a particular treat at The Hotel on Rivington on Friday evening to share an intimate moment with the charming young lass from Hereford (that’s in England, by the way), as ArjanWrites.com launched the new ARTIST#TALK series, sponsored by HP and Windows (who were also showing off some fancy HP Beats technology).
Arjan Timmermans chatted her up about her strikingly lovely new album Halcyon, to be released this October on Interscope. Indicative of a palpable musical maturation, debut single “Anything Could Happen”, which was sampled for the assembled, is melancholy and uplifting in equal measure. Mlle. Goulding commented that she loves to write songs, “that give people hope, in the least cheesy way possible.” Having retreated to the isolation of Dingle, Ireland to conjour Halcyon, we can expect a finished album (produced by Jim Eliot) that draws just such hope out of the forced introspection of loneliness. Indeed, another track, “My Blood”, teased at the event, recalls that other most brilliant of English eccentrics, one Kate Bush. Ellie, it seems, has been growing up in public.
[Photo: Tracey Hawkins]