Stuck In My Head : Ellie Goulding’s ‘Dead In The Water’

Yes. I’m a sucker for morose broken-hearted blues that totally turn me on in a very non-sexual way.

So bow down y’all.

It’s that time of the year again peeps – the onset of winter. The gradually dwindling narrow daylight gives way to elegantly long melancholy evenings when the breeze is crisp enough to send a shiver or two down your spine – and yet mellow enough to serenade your soul with stubborn forbidden thoughts that you tend to cautiously push away.


Ideally, it’s just the right time to start brooding about your own personal fairy tales that never were. The ones which usually end up resembling violently screwed-up documentaries instead of Cinderella stories. Le Sigh.

And of course I have the perfect song to compliment those viciously addictive thoughts (you’re very welcome).

Folktronica chanteuse Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort ‘Halcyon‘ is making all the right moves globally. As much as I enjoy her glitzy pop-infused dance-floor gems, it’s the ‘Lights‘ songstress’s gorgeous alt-infused genteel slow-jams that I’m totally crazy about!

A few months ago, I had blogged about the dazzling ‘Holding On‘ featuring Tinie Tempah, easily my fave Ellie Goulding song ever. Today, I choose one of the more laid back and darker tracks ‘Dead In The Water‘  featured on Ellie’s new album.

A supremely haunting track with an almost a cappella intro – Ellie Goulding’s crystalline voice floats atop a lush strings-and-piano melody, fragile and ethereal initially, and gradually reaching a crescendo.

You can literally slice through the palpable vulnerability of the song with a knife as she croons softly,

When your hands let go of me,

The ice is thinning out, and my feet brace themselves.

I’m there in the water, still looking for ya.

Major chills here y’all.

Totally stuck in my head. And if y’all have been through a break-up lately, or are suckers for break-up music, or are generally into lush pop, or lead totally morose self-loathing lives – this one’s for you #YOLO.

Pick up Ellie Goulding’s ‘Halcyon‘ if you haven’t already. The album debuted at # 9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and at # 2 on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart. Definitely one of my fave albums this year.