Double Review: Scott Lloyd & Ellysse Mason

Scott Lloyd

Looking Out To Sea

Aardvark Records

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Following on from last year’s inspired In The Garden EP, Scott Lloyd has returned in top form for majestic new single Looking Out To Sea, his first for Aardvark Records.  An ethereal opening quickly makes way for the shimmering waltz that underpins a prose-like vocal, with the reflections-of-a-life lyrics buoyed by lilting rhythms and elegant instrumental flourishes that recall Richard Hawley’s best work.

The song cleverly chronicles its writer’s past, present and future with a mixture of home truths and doe-eyed nostalgia, and steadily builds to a triumphant conclusion marked by Lloyd’s proclamation that he’s ‘flying the flag of this family’s past’, delivered with all the conviction and passion of a man who knows that music of this quality can carry his name to the highest places.

 

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Ellysse Mason

Hunt Me Down

The Samsara Collective

 

With her transcendent voice and penchant for delivering a killer blow with just a few well-placed words, Ellysse Mason’s new single Hunt Me Down was never going to disappoint, was it?

Bolstered by widescreen production and armed with a skyscraper of a chorus (not to mention a beautifully cinematic accompanying video), Ellysse’s folk-pop sensibilities have found a spiritual home on a bed of Massive Attack beats and haunting synth pads, producing an instantly-arresting classic that reveals more with each listen.

The opening verse’s celestial feel, with Ellysse’s vocal delicately poised over a sparsely-picked guitar, is compromised by a curveball chord that sets up the powerhouse chorus perfectly.  The song gains momentum throughout, with the perfect William Orbit-esque production granting the brilliance of the writing space to shine through whilst elevating the track into the realm of the epic.  An outstanding talent.

Tom Welsh