This week’s track is Lights by Ellie Goulding, off of either her American debut An Introduction to Ellie Goulding EP, or her British debut Bright Lights. I first found this track on the Hype Machine twitter top tracks. I’d never heard of Ellie Goulding but a quick set of searches revealed she’s sort of a big deal in the UK, having topped the BBC’s Sound of 2010 chart and some other accolades.
This particular song is a great synthpop (or better yet folktronica!). The track opens with some nice synth tones (best to listen in headphones to get the full effect). It builds slowly adding in the vocals and a drum beat to hold the song together. The songwriting is enjoyable as is the Ellie Goulding’s raspy, reaching, vocals. Her voice stands great alone, and fills out the entire song when overdubbed.