Wild Beasts & Ellie Goulding
Ever since I heard these two singers/bands on Later…with Jools Holland, I’ve not been able to get either of their songs out of my mind. Yet, they are also completely different styles of music.
Wild Beasts are an indie band from Kendal. They’ve been around for a while, but I hadn’t heard any of their songs until they performed All the King’s Men on Later. It’s an unusual sound and the constant “woooo” sound makes it appropriate that I heard it around Halloween. But despite this making it sound like a comedy tune, it’s far from it. Tom Fleming’s vocals have a slightly old fashioned air, (you can imagine him crooning alongside Richard Hawley), but then there is this unusual falsetto too of Hayden Thorpe. Put all of these together it makes it a really standout track.
Ellie Goulding is very different. This is essentially pop music, but quality pop rather than disposable pop. Ellie Goulding is a singer-songwriter (aren’t most female pop singers these days?), but she is also collaborating with Mark Ronson and already has a side project called Goldsmith which sounds promising too. Her voice is distinctive and to me sounds like a mixture of Cerys Matthews and Jesca Hoop. The track that I love is Under the Sheets and this is released on 9th November.