Showing posts with label ellie goulding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ellie goulding. Show all posts

Thursday 12 March 2015

Ellie Goulding Covers Hozier's "Take Me To Church"

Did everyone fall in love with Hozier after his Grammy performance of Take Me To Church? I know I did! Sure, him sharing the stage with Annie Lennox may have played a small part, but the song rocks regardless.

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Ellie Goulding Gives A Visually stunning Rendition Of "How Long Will I Love You" @ Royal Variety Show

Ellie Goulding was another Diva (in addition to Demi Lovato and Dame Shirley Bassey) roped into singing at this year's Royal Variety Show.

The staging for the performance of How Long Will I Love You was undoubtedly beautiful from the outset. However the song- which isn't one of my favorites- didn't pick up until the backing vocals kicked in at the two minute mark. It was at this point that Ellie did a complete U-turn for me, changing gear and imbuing the vocal with a much needed increase in emotion and skill.

Monday 30 June 2014

[Watch] Ellie Goulding Sets Glastonbury 2014 Alight With Live Show

Ellie Goulding 2014 GlastonburyEllie Goulding and her trusty drums took to the stage on the closing night of Glastonbury 2014 to perform a plethora of songs- a few of which I didn't even recognise!

Friday 28 March 2014

[Music Video] Ellie Goulding - "Beating Heart"

Not quite sure what is going with Ellie Goulding at the moment. I'm pretty sure I listened to her last album  Halcyon quite a bit when it was released in 2012(!), but yet I haven't recognised the last few songs she's released as being from it.

Latest song, Beating Heart, doesn't even feature on the album re-release, Halcyon Days- madness, I tell you!! Well, whatever she's doing, at least she's still releasing her brand of folksy electro-pop, as I do quite enjoy it. There's something otherworldly about it.

You vocal fiends might enjoy hearing the little run at 3.26, where the Diva showcases the nimbleness of her voice, transitioning from head to chest voice effortlessly. Take a listen!

(Ok, so I stopped being so darn lazy and looked up where the song is from. Beating Heart is taken from the soundtrack of new movie, Divergent. I probably would have figured that out if I'd actually watched the video, instead of just listening to the song. Silly me. Fans of Ellie, and the movie, can now put the stones down!)

Thursday 20 February 2014

Ellie Goulding whispers Along To "I Need Your Love" and "Burn" @ 2014 Brit Awards

Ellie Goulding brits 2014

Ellie, Ellie, Ellie Goulding. You are my imaginary friend, but I can't condone your live vocals at the 2014 Brit Awards. The airy tone I like. In fact it's something I really enjoy about your impish voice. What isn't great is how weak and ghostly the overall quality of your voice sounded during this I Need Your Love/Burn medley.

It's clear that you can project, because the little exclamations that dotted the performance had some substance to them. It just seems that weight doesn't carry into the falsetto-y type singing that most of this performance consisted of. I think doing this might also be contributing to the problem.

I'll tell you what, though: the drum playing and grinding was getting a lot of guys (and a few girls) hot and bothered on Twitter yesterday. What relevance that has to anything I've written, who knows! Just thought it was worth mentioning.....

Thursday 18 July 2013

[Video Spam] Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, Regina Spektor and Beyonce

Video spam time again! Get ready to be hit with a random assortment of Diva related videos!

First up we have Ellie Goulding's new track, Burn. Clearly hoping to capitalise on the success she's enjoying in the club with her Calvin Harris duet I Need Your Love, Burn has Ellie continuing in a similar vein. Dance floors beware!

Burn is taken from the re-release of second album Halycon, now called Halcyon Days, and a useless fact for you: a version of the song was originally recorded by Leona Lewis for her Glassheart album!

Monday 3 June 2013

[Watch] Divas Unite For "Chime For Change" Concert @ Twickenham Stadium

Saturday saw the Chime For Change concert take place at the home of Rugby Union, Twickenham stadium. There was something fittingly symbolic about a venue usually so crammed full of alpha males that just breathing the surrounding air on match day could make you sprout chest hairs, being used to highlight the plight of women everywhere.

Some of you may know that I was lucky enough to attend the concert- and had an amazing time, thanks for asking. But this post isn't really going to offer a play by play of the concert, instead I thought I'd post MY top three best and worst things about the night. Doing that should hopefully stop me from rambling and let you get to the performances quicker. (Or you could just ignore all of this and just scroll straight down, you scoundrels!)

Thursday 9 August 2012

[Review] Ellie Goulding "Anything Could Happen"

I've really enjoyed all the free music English belle Ellie Goulding has been releasing this year- such as her excellent cover of High For This. That's why I'm surprised that I don't actually like the first single, Anything Could Happen, lifted from her upcoming second album Halcyon.

Thursday 31 May 2012

[Free Music] Ellie Goulding: 'High For This'

Ellie Goulding has released a free track for fans to pass the time as they wait for her new material, scheduled for release in October. It may not be an original song- it's actually a cover of The weeknd's High For This- but it's still a quality offering from the electro-pop Diva.

So whatcha waiting for, take a listen and download!

Wednesday 20 July 2011

[Vocal Profile] Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Vocal Type: Light Lyric Soprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves 4 Notes and a semi-tone (A2-F#6)
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses:Ellie Goulding owns an extremely distinctive and unique voice. She possesses a wide range of colours and tones within the entirety of said range and quality of the voice has been described as wispy, airy and light in tone and timbre. Her ability to infuse notes with a trademark piercing vibrato, particularly in the upper registers, has also been commented upon, along with her vocal dexterity.

The lower extremities of the range (From A2 - C4) possess a worn, scratchy and almost tired feeling; however this area is used with an adept technique making the notes themselves sound healthy- if somewhat more dulled than the rest of the range. Her enunciation and general tone here displays a genuine, expressive and earthy feel. This area of the range sounds slightly disconnected and differing from the sound of the voice overall.

Goulding's mid-range retains some of the qualities of the lower range but sounds far more audible and cleaner in tone due to the low mid-range retaining a raspy quality. The lower and mid sound well connected despite the differing sounds of the lower and upper ranges. This area is easily accessible for Goulding who manages to traverse through the registers, right up to the top, ornamenting notes and using swift melisma in the process.

The head voice is where Goulding comes into her own. In this area, she displays a more fulsome, piercing, and agile tone. The upper head voice belts sound well supported and incisive in nature yet retain a sweet and warm colouring without ever becoming overbearing or strained (See Dead in the Water). Goulding is also extremely adept at using her trademark coloratura within the upper soprano range, displaying a great sense of physical ability as well as musicality, managing to use ornamentation without gratuitous over singing.

Overall, despite Goulding having only ever obtained lessons in breath control before becoming a professional singer she displays a strong sense of artistry with not only her vocal abilities but with the material for which she writes to fit her voice. This is all whilst seemingly sitting within a healthy technique for the majority of the time. Her voice is very light yet full and clean in tone placing her as a light lyric type due to her extensive versatility and flexibility.

Vocal Negatives: The nature of Goulding's voice can be off-putting to some, as the timbre and colouring of her voice can be somewhat childlike and thus somewhat of an acquired taste. Also the voice can display a strong nasal quality which can permeate the entirety of the range at times. Criticism has also been noted for her live performances, which can be of an erratic and inconsistent quality compared to her studio work, resulting in Goulding being labelled a 'studio' artist. Vocal stamina has also been an issue during the live shows as she often runs out of breath and pushes notes out to create sound by means of incorrect technique.

Many Thanks  Stuey and Spark For updating this!

Thursday 24 March 2011

Ellie Goulding covers Sweet desposition

Ellie Goulding finds the perfect cover for her soft, impish voice. Watch as the electro-folk singer gives us her rendition of The Temper Traps'  

Sweet Disposition. Musical Panacea!

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Review Ellie Goulding: Lights

Ellie Goulding in the video for Lights

Ellie Goulding's new single Lights, taken from the album Bright Lights, is a glouriosly dreamy track that ushers in the listener with twinkling, hypnotic, electronic sounds that can't help but make you picture  a night sky scattered with stars.

Saturday 8 January 2011

Listen to Ellie Goulding cover Rihannah's "Only Girl (in the world)"

ellie goulding only girl rihanna
An organic makeover is given to Rihanna's Only girl (in the world) as folk-pop singer Ellie Goulding swaps the processed productions for a string quartet and piano.

As much as I love Ellie and acoustic versions of songs, I just don't think it works with Only girl as the original song gets so much of its clout from the music and not the vocal or lyrics. Therefore with the driving force behind the song removed the song falls apart.

Thursday 9 December 2010

Currently Listening to: Ellie Goulding- Little Dreams

Ellie goulding little dreams
Little Dreams taken from the
 album Bright Lights
Singer Ellie Goulding was chosen as the worthy winner of the BBC's  sound of 2010. For all who are unaware of the accolade, its essentially an annual prediction, made by people in the know, of which artist  is going to be successful in the coming year. Previous winners include Adele in 2008 and Little Boots in 2009.

The public got to judge for themselves if the praise was warranted when Ellie's d├ębut album Lights reached the shops in March of 2010. Personally I was suitably impressed and found the album to be an exciting and successful combination of Ellie's Soft, folksy sensibilities and the producer's hard, edgy electro/pop sound. Definitely a worthy winner of the sound of 2010.

The Ellie Goulding song currently under heavy rotation on my MP3 player is Little Dreams and its taken from the aptly named Lights reissue, Bright LightsI felt an affinity for Little Dreams on the first listen as it reminded me of the majestic Kate Bushs' classic Running up that Hill.  Both songs share a rhythmic, rolling beat at their heart and both conjure up a dream like scene with their melody and lyrics. Whether you agree with the comparison or not,  you have to agree this song is  a winner!