Recycle It!: Hanging On To Ellie Goulding

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Ellie Goulding is no stranger to recycle it bliss as she's done some impressive covers in the last couple of years or so. Bon Iver's "The Wolves", Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold", Dolly Parton's "Jolene"The Weeknd's "High For This" have all been superb readings, and heck even Rihanna's "Only Girl In The World" is more tolerable to me thanks to the power of the Goulding.

With all this recycling she's just prodding at the idea of her releasing a covers album. Her latest refashioning is of Active Child's "Hanging On" and it's by far one of my favorites re-do's from her (next to her takes on Elton John's "Your Song" and Robyn's "Be Mine" with Erik Hassle). It surges along on fired up synths as it climbs along with Goulding's operatic vocal tones really going at it. The presence of Tinie Tempah disrupts and jars the beautiful moment Goulding has made, but since it's his take is quickly over, I can bypass that error. If you like what you hear, "Hanging On" is for a mere e-mail address---so consider this relief to your wallet.

While tweeting the announcement of this new track, Goulding hinted that this is the "beginning of her new journey" and it's got me thinking about what Goulding is capable of doing on her follow-up to her sensational 2010 debut, Lights. Considering the electronica base of "Hanging On" and the facts that she's she's been collaborating with Calvin Harris and been seen around with that shaved head wunderkid, Skrillex, all bets are on that Goulding's follow-up could be a synth-drenched clubby affair. I cross my fingers and wish upon a star on that prospect.

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