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Review: Ellie Goulding – Halcyon (Album)

HTF have a listen to Ellie Goulding’s new album, Halcyon. Read what we though about it HERE!

Artist: Ellie Goulding

Album: Halcyon

Release Date: Out Now

On October 8, Ellie Goulding released Halcyon, her  her much anticipated second LP after 2010’s Lights. After two years of touring and recording, it’s evident that Miss Goulding has developed and matured as an artist.

Don’t Say A Word provides an eerie start to the record and sets the tone for the experimental nature of this album. There was definite electronic influence in Lights and it seems Ellie has embraced this even more in the production of Halcyon.

It’s clear why Anything Could Happen was chosen as the first single, the layers of Ellie’s vocals and choir infused chorus’ beautifully fold over synths and pianos. Only You is a real stand out track, if not the strongest, with it’s tribal motifs and anthemic melody. The first half of Halcyon is filled with high energy electro hits which blend nicely into the more stripped back, rawer tracks like I Know You Care and Deep In The Water. With the title track translating to ‘a period of peace and happiness’, it sends a rather hopeful message as a whole.

I Need Your Love (feat. Calvin Harris) and previous single Lights appear as bonus tracks which ensures the collaboration with the heavy weight producer does not become a focus of the album, while Lights has been an ever growing global success.

Ultimately, Ellie’s sophomore album shows growth and diversity. Regardless of any production and effects used, we hear her voice used as multiple instruments in a spine-tingling fashion among hopeful, honest and fairy-like story telling.

Halcyon is a wave of electronic beats that crashes down on a bed of soft and hypnotic vocals. Simply…stunning.

4/5

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