Ellis is an indie rock/slowcore/dream pop singer/songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. The Ellis name is play on her own initials: Linnea Sigglekow - L.S. Her debut EP is called The Fuzz. If you’ve invested time and money into fellow Canadians Alvvays or perhaps Mazzy Star or Berkshire’s shoegaze heroes, Slowdive, then Ellis may be the artist for you. 6-track 12” on Fat Possum.
Vinyl LP £13.99 FP17081
6-track EP on Fat Possum.
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I've been listening to this album of woozy shoegaze whilst getting very angry about ...oh....you know... people! The album has flitted along in the background neither offending me neither making me sit up and take much notice of it at all. The opening track The Drain has the exact same chord change of a Dinosaur Jr song I just can't place in my mind. Over the top of which Linnea Sigglekow coos in a sort of blandly seductive way. The most innovative thing about the record is that the band name Ellis comes from her initials - LS. She's obviously used up the time she could have spent on a new and original sound on this little bit of clever word play.
But I'm being grumpily unfair. Not everything has to innovate. This is a dreamy record that sound like a kind of Stateside take on Slowdive - the guitars are all effected to the max for full on dream pop and there's some haunting chord changes to keep emotions on the edge. Production is agreeable mid-fi too. Like I said - it didn't get turned off which these days is quite the accolade.
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