‘Studio 54’ marks the debut release of seventeen year-old newcomer Eloïse. With her distinctive vocal style, this is unmistakably the sound of a powerful new artist. Still studying her A Levels, Eloïse defies her youth with incredible poetic and emotional maturity. Her soaring vocals completely envelope the listener in her world, mixing the vocal intensity of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid with the streetwise and angsty lyrics of Lana Del Rey.
Eloïse manages to integrate a darker and more cynical sense while the music blends the best elements of R&B and pop music. The result is a musical landscape that is as haunting as the songstress’ voice which has Eloïse gain attention from BBC Introducing in her native Suffolk. Born into a family of artists and creatives, she has developed a musical style that also evokes an aesthetic appeal. She experiments with her own distinct sense of personal style, choosing to make bold and artistic statements and defying convention.
The musical style is akin to the vibes of BANKS or newbies like Dua Lipa, with a nod to a darker R&B form. However, there are more unique elements here. Eloïse channels that sound, rather than imitates. It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly is so compelling about lead track ‘Studio 54’. It could be the balance that feels at any moment about to be disturbed; the song delicately positioned between a confident, full-bodied sound and an impending, uneasy mood of menace. The shadowy synth and deep bass pulse through the veins of the track as Eloïse muses about the “showy birthday party culture of people” and the “hypocritical scenario of a broody protagonist”; allowing the listener to drown in an ocean of lush melodies and imagery. ‘Studio 54’ is a striking effort, and a piece of music that affirms the intrigue surrounding this very promising artist.
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