Ellie Goulding has been teasing a new album for a couple of years now. In addition to describing it as a continuation of her Halcyon sound, Ellie has also released several new songs in the past 10 months. So far we’ve gotten “Close To Me,” “Flux,” “Sixteen,” and “Hate Me,” not to mention three soundtrack songs. But even so, her actual album is still nowhere to be seen. Luckily, Ellie does have an update on her album progress and how it will sound. Rest assured, her new music is powerful and worth the wait.
In a new interview with Jael Goldfine at PaperMag.com, Ellie talked about “Hate Me,” “non-Ellie Goulding songs,” and her forthcoming album.
First, Ellie reaffirmed how the album will sound. In spite of various and diverse singles so far, her ballad “Flux” is the closest to the rest of the record:
I’d say “Flux” is the closest thing to what the album will sound like. The album is written entirely by me and it’s my interpretation of a pop record. It’s in keeping with how I use my voice. I’ve always used my voice as the central focus in everything I do. I follow my voice — everything comes after that. I don’t want things to distract too much from my voice and what it does, because it’s very important to me. But, it’s kind of my interpretation of a pop record and pop sounds.
The interviewer then asked, “So these other singles are fun experiments, on the side of this big project you’re working on?” Ellie responded:
I’m releasing these songs because I can, and because I can always put in a signature sound using my voice. I think that’s a cool thing to do and a really good tool to have in this day and age when everything is kind of plastered and similar. I haven’t finalized my album. But everything I do is for a reason, and I’m not ready to put my new album out there yet. I want to release it at a certain time, in a certain frame of mind. Right now, I’m not in the mood to release things that my heart is overwhelmingly in love with. I’d never release a song I didn’t feel for, but it’s different to release music you write, that you’re really connected to.
Next, the interviewer contrasted the upcoming music with Ellie’s last album, 2015’s Delirium, which she’s described as the least personal of her records. Upon being asked if the new album will be, “a shift from that,” Ellie stated:
It most certainly will be. It’s a very powerful album. It’s written about my experiences over the past two years. It reflects on my career and this fucking mad chaos world we’re living in. It goes there, it goes really deep. I sing about becoming a woman and independence and finding a lot of love for myself, apart from – disconnected from – having a partner or needing someone…
In addition to her powerful new pop album, Ellie has said a few times that she’s also working on a classical side project. She revealed a bit more about it:
I just love classical music, so it’s a classical record inspired by the composers I love, and all the composers who have made mostly contemporary work. It’s just my voice, on songs me and my friends have composed together.
Ellie’s long-awaited, powerful new album will serve as the follow-up to her 2015 record, Delirium. While we don’t have a title, tracklist, or release date for the forthcoming record, we expect to find out more in the coming months. In an interview last October, Ellie did reveal how the new music will sound. She said that most of the songs she’s written are quite sad, written about things that have built up over the years. Luckily they’re “not reflective” of how Ellie currently feels. In contrast to previous records, Ellie’s new songs talk about “quite specific things that have happened in my life, and something specific that happened to a friend of mine.”
Enjoy Ellie’s new songs, and look out for more details about Ellie’s “powerful” upcoming album in the next few months. Keep checking back here for all the latest Ellie Goulding music news.