I’ve rarely been as envious of an inanimate object as I currently am of the drone that shot the swooping footage of a pure white hill stream cascading through a verdant Scottish wilderness that provides the backdrop to elkyn‘s new single ‘something’. Oh to be soaring through the crisp Caledonian air, taking in the majesty of nature in all her great green expanse instead of being hemmed in by the bricks and tarmac of my South London lockdown.
Thankfully the stunning scenery is matched by the Leeds-based multi-instrumentalist’s gentle indie-pop confessional, which has more than a hint of what I’ve always loved about Grandaddy in its paradoxically bucolic electronics and its vocals beautifully skewed just an inch off where you’d expect them to be, but here with a folksy twist where Lytle and co. might have added a dash of prog or country (by the way, I seem to be writing Leeds-based with increasingly regularity of late, there is some great stuff coming out of West Yorkshire at the moment).
Describing the track, elkyn explains “’something’ is about not feeling anything. It’s about all the things I tried in a pretty desperate attempt to just feel something, but ultimately finding myself stuck in the same self-destructive cycle”.
We’re delighted to bring you the first chance to watch the video – take a couple of minutes to escape into nature with elkyn’s lilting lament as your guide.
‘Sometimes’ is released via all of the usual digital service providers on 17th February.
Article by Paul Maps
Cover photograph by Mikey Donnelly