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Halcyon Days - Cd

Halcyon Days - Cd

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Recording information: Air Studios, UK; Biffco Studios, Brighton; British Grove Studios, London, UK; Echo Studios, Los Angeles, CA; EMI Studios, London; Fly Eye Studio, London; MyAudiotonic Studios, The Matrix, London; Red Rhino Studios, Canada; Sarm Studios; Starsmith HQ; Starsmith HQ, UK; Strongroom Studios; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Studio Splendido, Wales; The Ballroom, London, UK; Troublemakers Studio, Montral, QC, Canada. Photographer: Simon Procter. With her 2010 debut, Lights, and the expanded Bright Lights, British vocalist Ellie Goulding bridged the gap between the soulful adult contemporary beltings of Adele and the more primal indie rock gospel of Florence + the Machine. Gifted with a disarmingly throaty - yet still resonant - voice and attractive, girl-next-door charisma that combines Kate Bush's cherubic art pop croon mixed with the asymmetrical half-smile charm of Drew Barrymore, Goulding stood out among the sea of post-Imogen Heap synth folk songstresses such as Little Boots, La Roux, and Lykke Li. On her sophomore effort, 2012's Halcyon, Goulding moves in an even more arty, electronic direction. Where Lights featured a handful of well-crafted singer/songwriter-styled singles such as "Guns and Horses" and the disco-bliss number "Starry Eyed," Halcyon keeps the singer/songwriter lyricism, but expands upon the electronic and symphonic palette. Aside from a few songs like the gutting, bittersweet piano ballad "I Know You Care" - which itself brings to mind her smash 2010 cover of Elton John's "Your Song" - Halcyon is largely built around epic long-form anthems and shimmery moments of gargantuan synthesizer drama. Tracks like the baroque "My Blood" and lustful club-groover "Figure 8" have a crisp, pulsating electronic buoyancy that, as with all of the songs on Halcyon, vibrate with a palpable dramatic tension. Also in keeping with the arty-electronic atmosphere of the album, Goulding dresses up her powerful lark of a voice with a delicately laced veil of digital effects. She sets these spa see more...

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