Ellenby - Run Away EP (Levelsound)
By Steve Rudd - THIS IS ULL
Ellenby are an exciting London-anchored duo, producing an
intoxicating blend of Folk, Pop and Rock. Their debut album
is forthcoming, and provisionally titled All You Need To Know.
This four-track EP, however, is titled Runaway, which is also
the name of the first track that proves to be the perfect
introduction to the music of Ellenby.
Liz Young is the singer, while multi-instrumentalist and
songwriter Ben Goddard provides the beautifully melodic music
to accompany Liz's outstanding voice. Ben, incidentally, has
had some experience in the West End, having starred in Jesus
Christ Superstar of all infamous musicals.
Hopefully the part that he plays here in Ellenby will make
him famous, especially since he evidently knows a great acoustic
guitar-rooted melody when he writes one, as Runaway develops
from its rather subdued opening bars into a pretty upbeat
song once the drums kick in.
There is always a melancholic air to Ellenby's songs, as
hopelessly romantic notions are shot through the music with
an aching and longing vengeance.
Screaming hears gentle piano tinklings give way to another
acoustic melody, before an electric guitar takes hold and
provides a swaggering rock edge to this sophisticated and
emotionally mature anthem that's vibrantly and catchily imbued
with the soft-rock spirit of 80s AOR darlings Heart and T'Pau.
Liz sings with soul-baring tenderness, ever ready to hit any
note - high or low - that best fits the way she is feeling.
Indeed, she sounds to be blessed with a set of Celine Dion-sized
lungs, consistently belting out touching vocal performances,
whatever her prevailing mood.
The Dare introduces mouth organ and a delicate string arrangement
into the slow-paced fray, before the atmospheric All You Need
To Know brings this EP release to an end, proving that Ellenby's
songs have the power to move above, and far, far beyond the
call of duty.
Ellenby could quite literally break your heart, yet still
lift your soul to new heights of consciousness.
So why not give them the time of day and Runaway with them?...
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