This is the first solo project from Eleanor K after 10 years of touring as a vocalist in Crystal Fighters and it is certainly worth the wait. ‘The Panic’s Over’ is her second single to be released from her debut solo album which is due to arrive in 2022.
The introspective nature of Eleanor’s brain is evident in these two singles, with strongly emotional lyrics blending with heavy sampling to produce subtle sophistication. The tracks feel a far cry from the upbeat, poppy-ness of Crystal Fighters but without losing the razor-sharp vocals or live instrumental quality. Her voice is what won her the gig in the band way back when, and the powerful celestial essence still remains.
The project has been a long time in the works, as Eleanor is writing and producing it all herself, lending it a strong self of identity and purpose. Her new settled sense of routine is audible as her focus on making her own music takes priority. Now there’s a light shining on her work, the tracks are glowing with fresh starts. So to look ahead, we posed our ‘Facing Forward’ questions to Eleanor K and her answers are just as enlightening as the latest tracks.
I think one thing that no one can deny, is how essential live music is, regardless of how much we can create and put out online. I almost think once we find a way to get back live music effectively, it will be more necessary than ever. But of course, the way in which we discover new music has changed so drastically even in the last three years, I don’t doubt things will continue to move and new approaches will need to be put in place. The independent artist has never been more relevant than it is now with access to information, technology and the ability to learn and I think that will continue. As a listener, it encourages you to not be lazy, we have so many choices musically and ways of accessing artists we previously may not have been able to.
While there are a lot of benefits to being able to make something pretty swiftly because of tech advances, I find that it’s at risk of feeling a touch disposable. For me personally, the purpose of music is to communicate a feeling that one wouldn’t be able to verbalise, keeping that in the forefront of my mind is important to me. Listening to an artist’s body of work can be so important to really get taken on a journey. I appreciate a banger in TikTok video as much as the next but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to make a Desert Island disk. I think people need the disk. Microcontent can only go so far in making an impact.
My answer will always be Paul McCartney. But if that doesn’t work out for me. Let’s say, James Blake – I’ve been a fan of his from day one, his piano playing alone makes me cry, throw in that vocal and I’m halfway to a good old fashion break down. That’s powerful.
I have been so incredibly lucky to play some amazing venues in the past with Crystal Fighters. I would absolutely love to revisit some of those again of my own volition. Red Rocks will absolutely go down in history for me, I would love to go back there and play.
Troi Irons is an artist I am a big fan of, she does absolutely everything on her own. Produces, directs her own videos, plays guitar like a badass. Another artist I just came across, Maeve, is pretty great too.
Performing live and preferably wearing rollerskates.
I have always felt most at home performing and being all over the place, if I could be back touring, collaborating with other great artists, being in my studio when I am not doing shows, writing and producing my best music, making an impact with my music to more than just my Mum – that is all I could ever ask for.
Eleanor K’s ‘The Panic’s Over’ is out today – stream it below now.