Eleanor K achieved huge success during her time performing with Crystal Fighters, a journey that has seen her play everywhere from Glastonbury to Coachella and Red Rocks. Meanwhile, her other highlights have included working with Matthew Murphy of The Wombats on Love Fame Tragedy, collaborating with the acclaimed Vic Mensa and Moon Boots, and creating her own Kyiki project.
Now reborn as a solo artist, Eleanor K steps into the spotlight with her new single ‘All In’. The track is the first taste of her self-produced debut album ‘Everytime’s The Last Time’, which will be released early next year.
‘All In’ finds Eleanor K crafting an intoxicating blend of her effortlessly beautiful vocal gift with inventive production which melds live instrumentation and sample-based production. Her open-hearted lyricism possesses a melancholy streak, speaking of loneliness but also hopeful for a positive resolution. It’s a style which adds her own personality to sonics which touch upon elements of Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers and James Blake.
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‘All In’ hints at what to expect from the album, which evolved during a frantic period in her life. She split her time between touring and being based in Tokyo and Los Angeles, a time further coloured by addiction and a self-confessed identity crisis.
“The album narrates my journey,” she explains. “From absolute crisis to getting myself completely engulfed in a fairly lengthy eating disorder, nearly giving up totally, to eventually pulling myself back together again.
I had spent my formative years on tour with no real ties anywhere and a fairly one-sided perspective of life. It was affecting the music I was making as I lacked confidence in what I was doing. It wasn’t until I actually sat down, stripped everything in my life back and got to some good old-fashioned routine involved – something I had been so resistant to – that I began making material I actually liked and felt represented what I was about.”
Eleanor K will further explore the song’s theme when its official video is released next Wednesday. She stars alongside actor Jack Fox (‘Sanditon’, ‘Rivera’) as a mysterious figure in an enigmatic romance, its desolate photography hinting at the gothic, Yorkshire Moors atmosphere of ‘Wuthering Heights’. The story mimics the relationship that the couple have in real life. The video was directed by the fashion photographer and filmmaker Rhys Frampton.