This is not your standard demo cd, where a band books three hours in the studio, runs through their set highlights and then sends the result to record labels and venues, hoping for fame. No, not here. This is a top-shelf quality self-release - wonderfully recorded, mastered and packaged. What Elle Skies has delivered is a well thought out collection of songs, which come across as fragments from one person’s vision – like four different parts to one night’s worth of dreams – cold but also, strangely, warm. There’s something distant and mysterious in Elle Skies’ music, which is keyboard and beat-based, that sits perfectly behind her delicious vocals - it’s a treat that weaves its magic over you, especially after a few listens.
According to her bio, the track that seems to be getting all the attention is ‘We Could Make Stars Here’ but all the songs are just as good. The next one ‘Diamonds’ has a lovely harmony vocal and melody over the two-line lyric. ‘Count The Windows Carefully’ has intriguing lyrics (‘I missed my morning convention/you said that I’m hologram/not musically minded and dreaming of the stars now’) and beautiful singing – my favourite on this EP.
Hailing from Melbourne, Elle plays most of the keyboards herself and is backed on these recordings by a collection of blokes who add guitars, bass, backing vocals and more keyboards. In the Age Of The Female Songstress, don’t be surprised if Elle Skies gets a cut of the pie. -ND