Last week UK songstress Ellie Goulding released the anticipated follow up to her massively successful 2010 album, Lights. The new sophomore album Halcyon continues it’s path down the familiar road of introspective pop and hopeful emotions that we’ve grown to love from Ms. Goulding. Recorded near Ellie’s home town in Hay Valley, songs on the release reflect heavily on the loneliness, inspiration, adventures and transitional experiences of the past few years in the songwriter’s life. Of course, during this time of which we were all hearing about Ellie’s performance at the Royal wedding, her constant tours and collaborations, and kicking it with new boyfriend Skrillex, but her soul has been with this creating record. As Ellie puts it, “loneliness has been the biggest influence on this record; I feel like what I do is lonely,” yet she says, “I still feel like there’s this force, pushing me to do this.” Halcyon is a gem of 2012, just take a listen.
B3SCI is giving away a shiny new copy of the Halcyon LP on vinyl to one lucky reader. To enter the contest, simply hit our inbox and let us know that you’d like to be entered in the Ellie drawing. We will be picking our winner at random this weekend, so keep an eye on your inbox! Godspeed madscientists!
Ellie Goulding performs to a sold-out crowd at the Troubadour in L.A. tomorrow night (10/16) and will also be performing at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on Wednesday (10/17).
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