It's too simple to say that Ellie Bleach is the perfect blend of Mac Demarco and Courtney Barnett, as we wrote but a few days ago. There's way more going on than that. Bleach's upcoming EP Petty must be described as an extremely well thought out record, one which proves that Ellie Bleach has certainly got a knack for channeling inner emotions
"I am just a girl, standing in front of a blog. Asking them to love her. My world is convenience stores at 2am, the sound of several conversations at once when you’ve tuned out of a house party, a page of practiced signatures, the green stain on your finger from cheap jewelry, forgetting what you were about to say, your friends laughing in the next room. I spend most days studying English Literature at University and talking about stupid things with my best friends trying not to think about how I have no idea what I’m doing. And of course working on the new EP".
"For me, Duvet Day was a way of dealing with a pretty daunting period of my life. Writing about wanting to give up and feeling alienated from a slightly arrogant, sarky angle kept it fun. I also wrote it pretty early on, it was maybe the third full song I’d written on guitar and steered my lyrical style in a completely different direction. Now I love the irony of one of my most lyrically depressing tunes being one of the most fun to play live".
The New EP
"Putting together this EP was kind of like when someone tells you "you’re really funny", then suddenly you feel obliged to be funny 24/7 to maintain this idea they have of you. When my first EP Can I Stay In The Car was made, I didn’t know if anyone would listen to it. The reaction made me think about my own music completely differently, I genuinely didn’t realise most of my songs are low-key depressing until people pointed it out, so I was a lot more aware of my emotional dirty laundry being aired. That sounds contrived, but I really enjoyed honing in on exactly what I wanted to say, exploring rejection and heartbreak from a self-centered teenage lens".
Stone Roses Hat & £100
"I’d start by selling the Stone Roses hat on depop to boost that £100 to £150. I’d then make a very boring video of me chain smoking the pack of cigs and post it on instagram - only my true loyal friends would like a post that bad, so I’d invite everyone who likes the post to a movie marathon of light hearted body-swap comedy films like Freaky Friday, It's A Boy Girl Thing, 13 Going On 30 etc. I’d spend the £150 on a shit load of drink and anything else of that nature, then spend the evening debating which Freaky Friday is better, the original or the remake. Maybe invite the sucker that paid 50 quid for a hat too...".
"Ellie has a knack for making her vivid flights of imagination and meticulous attention to seemingly insignificant detail seem effortless"
Ellie Bleach sounds like she’s day-dreaming out loud instead of singing, but she’s deceptively incisive as a lyricist. Her guitar-playing, while never particularly showy, can be subtle or scalding. Her minimalist style nicely counterpoints the maximum wordplay.
Put simply, Ellie's latest EP is a great record that doesn’t try too hard. Instead it depicts the life and times of a freshman girl who doesn't want to grow up too quickly. Who falls in love. Has fun. Wants someone. Doesn't succeed. Or maybe she does. Who knows? Ellie has a knack for making her vivid flights of imagination and meticulous attention to seemingly insignificant detail seem effortless.
The opener I Want You So Bad tries to capture the thrill of lust, but with strong sense of fear of rejection lurking underneath. It's a slow synth ballad, pure and raw. One of the highlight of the EP, actually. Bleach's voice reveals all of its subtleties, being both strong and febrile, as if Ellie knows what she wants, but not completely.
She also manages the ability to convey a different atmosphere on each track, as if all the songs have their own little stories and universes. Fragmented, you might think, yet the sensation you get from each tracks stays with you. Each new universe does not cancel whatever emotions you got with the first, and that's hard to achieve. Duvet Day is the least original song, it does sound like a Courtney Barnett impression of Avant-Gardener, but Grip (Get A Hobby) gives you chills. "Grip is the aftermath of that longing frustration at yourself for feeling rejected in the first place", tells Ellie.
Here's what we think. Ellie Bleach has got massive potential and showcasing Duvet Day as her first single isn't doing her any justice. These days more than ever, you need stand out from the crowd and releasing this track does exactly the opposite. A track like I Want You has got so much more to offer, and conveys more emotion than any other song on the EP. That should have been Bleach's first release. This would have caught the fan's attention. No doubt there is talent on each and every track on Petty, but not on Duvet Day. The safe choice, but not one which reflects the mood of this record.