Ellie Goulding describes her new record Halcyon as a “journey out of heartache and towards hope.”
This album is the outcome of two-and-a-half years in Ellie’s life: a Brit award, the release of Lights, love, loss, writer’s block, a new relationship, singing at the White House and at a certain spring wedding, a number one pop single that has sold 3 million in America, confronting her doubts and fears, digging deep and locating her artistry again, returning to the countryside she grew up in and, in a converted barn, making a record that confirms her as one of this country’s mostsingular and compelling songwriters. Whew. Get all that?!
“There was a period where everything felt stale,” Ellie says on her website. “I wasn’t writing, I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t taking anything from the experiences I was having. Usually I can walk down the street and just absorb everything; but there will also be times where there is this complete block, and that’s how I felt. And then when my relationship broke up, that all suddenly changed, I went to the countryside and just wrote and wrote. I had to make a decision in my head to close off one thing and open another. Once I did that, I realized how much I had to write about.”
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“So Submissive” by Citizen
“Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)” by iiO
“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris, featuring Florence Welch
“When a Fire Starts to Burn” by Disclosure
“Haunt You” by Flux Pavilion
“Hypercaine (Nero Remix)” by DJ Fresh
“Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
“The Reason” by Skrillex (on SoundCloud)
“Hurricane” by Ms Mr
“3055” by Olafur Arnalds
“Get Free” by Major Lazer
“Lose Control” by Missy Elliot