Ellie Goulding – Kingdom

There’s no doubt that in order to be a star, a perfect image is necessary. But sometimes it happens that what counts the most is talent, is voice. This is the case of one of my favourite artist ever: the British girl Ellie Goulding. I’m not saying that Ellie hasn’t style! On the contrary, she’s a fashion icon already and is well known for her style. But, and that’s for sure, her voice is even better.

After the huge success of Halcyion (truly one of my favourite album ever) and the weaker Delirium, Ellie is finally back with a new track titled Kingdom. The song is a synthpop down tempo with a very variable sound that waves from very delicate and fairy notes to the more insistent chorus. Ellie‘s voice perfectly sews upon the base, giving us a very magical atmospheres.

To be totally honest I like the track, but I would have changed a bit the chorus, trying to recreate more sacred atmospheres, which Halcyon was full of. The track overall is good, but we are still far from the level of Figure 8 or Only You.

Keep on working Ellie. I know you can do better! Enjoy Ellie Goulding ruling over her Kingdom!

Vera Blue – Settle

Vera Blue, a.k.a. Celia Pavey, is pure immaculate talent. No doubt about it. The 22 y.o. Aussie singer, ranked third in the 2013 edition of The Voice of Australia and since that day Pavey showed the world what she’s made of. Talent. Folk talent more precisely.

After a stunning performance of Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair which introduced her to all the Australian public, Celia Pavey has published under her real name a 2013 EP called This Music which assured her a spot in top Oceania’s charts. However, in late 2015 Pavey decided to switch on a more dark side of folk with eerie sounds, which kinda reminds me of Ellie Goulding‘s Halcyone, by using the name of Vera Blue.

Settle is the perfect example of this new dark folk quality. And indeed it didn’t take long for this drowsy lullaby to find an international audience — peaking at number 5 on the US Spotify viral top 50 chart. Settle is dark and brooding, with a very organic vibe. Melancholy piano fuels the song together with delicate synths that add depth and texture to the whole track.

Keep an eye on this girl folks. Vera Blue will become really someone. Enjoy Settle.