Ellie Goulding – is Under The Sheets underwhelming?

This blog has previously questioned whether there’s anything amazing enough about Ellie Goulding’s music to really merit excitement.  It seems my opinion’s a minority one, though: she’s getting regular placements on Elbows‘ list of the blog’s most-discussed artists and has been namechecked by the cool cats at Rough Trade.  A plug in Metro must be just around the corner. 


However, listening to Ellie’s first single, Under The Sheets, I’m even more skeptical.  A slick journey through well-placed choruses, tidy verses and eventual euphoria, this is an undoubtedly catchy tune – but, at the same time, one so glossily produced as to lack any soul.  It’s also much more submerged in dull electro than prior efforts like Guns + Horses, with a wealth of echoes, fades and ripples, and a rapid background beat. Weirdly, there’s so much digital work present that Under The Sheets already sounds like a remix before it’s even entered a DJ’s record bag.  I realise that when I finally manage to listen to it closely: on my first two attempts, bored, I lost concentration.

There are actual remixes available, though, ones which take the electro tone and run with it.  This one by Welsh band Friends Electric adds a slice of rat-a-tat and makes things a bit more exciting and epic.  If you like that sort of thing.

MP3: Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (zSHARE)
MP3: Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Friends Electric remix) (zSHARE)


~ by ripamel on 01/11/2009.

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