Northern indie-pop artist Ellur shares emotive new single "Best Face On".
Northern indie-pop artist Ellur returns with a video for her new single “Best Face On”. The new song follows on from the 21-year-old Halifax artists’ recent critically acclaimed single “Close To You”, as well as recent live dates which have seen her fast-becoming a must-see artist with fervent sets alongside the likes of The Big Moon, Deyaz, Baby Queen, and a packed out tour supporting Embrace.
Whereas “Close To You” exhibited Ellur’s ability for writing feel-good, danceable guitar anthems, the new single “Best Face On” exemplifies a different, more introspective side of her deeply infectious sound. The 80s influenced self-reflective ballad builds in intensity with delicate vocals, which swell and transform into ethereal harmonies alongside slow burning instrumentation. Strewn with huge synths, warm-effected guitar lines, and powerful drumming, the ruminative and highly emotive track is a further nod to the introspective and cathartic nature of Ellur’s songwriting. Speaking on the single Ellur says,
“Best Face On is a letter from the present me and everything I’ve come to know, to the past version of myself. I wrote it retrospectively after last year, where I stayed out too late one too many times. I feel, for me, it’s a marker for the beginning of my adulthood. The lyrics beside the production really create the atmosphere of how I was feeling for a lot of last year. It’s a really emotional song for me and I’m so excited to release it alongside a killer music video.”
The single is also accompanied by a new video which sees Ellur performing on a small portable TV, as well as in front of projected home recorded footage which she filmed on an early morning walk home after a night out, and on a chaise longue, mirroring the contemplative nature of the track.
The new material comes on the heels of Ellur’s empowering EP titled “Moments”, which came out in 2021 via Dance To The Radio Records. The EP saw singles championed by Spotify Editorials (NMF UK / EQUAL / Hot New Bands / Peach / Alternative Future etc.), as well as earning early critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X, and synced on new Amazon series “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and Channel 4.
With more new music on the horizon for 2022 and further live shows TBA in the near future, “Close To You” and “Best Face On” are a declaration of intent that sees Ellur make a huge leap forward. Speaking on her new material she says,
“I’m immensely proud of these songs, the lyrics and the sound really feel like a sneak peak inside of my brain and I can’t wait to release them and I’m even more excited to play them live. I’ve been watching a lot of Top of the Pops at the moment too so expect to see some wild dance moves at shows to come.”
Live dates 15th October: Live At Leeds ‘In The City’, Leeds 22nd October: SWN Festival, Cardiff