Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… With two new acts a week, the feature pretty much does what it says on the tin: getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
We’ve recently introduced you to Amsterdam’s Spill Gold, brilliant Stockholm-based newcomers Viagra Boys, Lala Lala, the Chicago-based project of Lillie West and Paris post-punks Rendez Vous. Now, we’re with Ellis - the musical project of songwriter Linnea Siggelkow.
Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Ellis started building a buzz in her hometown via opening slots with Soccer Mommy, Chastity, Palehound before releasing her debut tracks ‘The Drain’ and ‘What A Mess’ towards the end of this summer. Since then, she’s made her debut EP ‘The Fuzz’, which is officially due out this Friday.
A dark dream pop sort of project, the six-track release is full of swirling emotions and a huge sense of atmosphere, built from simple instrumentals and centred around Ellis’ often soft vocals. It sounds dark at times, the swell of pounding drums and fuzzy guitars sounding like a dirge of emotions you’d rather forget, but there’s something cathartic about it all at the same time.
We had a chat with Linnea about the EP - which you can stream below.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Sad, but nice.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
I have a vivid memory of sitting down at the piano with my mom at 4 years-old to have my first lesson.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Seeing Avril Lavigne’s music video for Complicated legitimately changed my life. I had never seen a girl playing the electric guitar before. I got a babysitting gig and saved up all my money for a whole summer to buy my first guitar, a navy blue Fender Squire Stratocaster.
You’re based in Hamilton, ON - what’s the music scene like there at the moment? Are there other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
Hamilton has an incredibly creative and supportive music scene that I feel really lucky to be a part of. My favourite Hamilton band, Basement Revolver, just put out their first LP. Chrisy is such an incredible songwriter and is definitely a huge inspiration to me in my own songwriting.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Mitski. Or Maryn Jones! Or Hope Sandoval.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to in 2018?
Officially releasing my first collection of songs on November 9 <3
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
Being emotional doesn’t mean being weak. There’s a lot of power in vulnerability.
Ellis’ ‘The Fuzz’ EP is out 9th November.
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