Release Date: 8th July 2022
naive mainstay ELLES releases her debut album “A Celebration Of The Euphoria Of Life” on May 27th – it’s the first LP on naive and marks the 5th anniversary of the Lisbon label. Across the album’s eleven tracks, ELLES writes a story through a conceptual arc that follows her (and all of us) from leaving the office on a Friday and entering the cathartic process of going out clubbing and its ramifications. Weaving personal reflections with collective experiences, it tells the ultimate tale of nightlife as a continuum of blissful resistance using beautifully programmed beats and melodic incantations, all narrated by sensitive, synesthesic lyrics and vocal mantras.
On the album ELLES says: ‘A Celebration Of The Euphoria of Life is the story of a night out and all the nights out. Written largely when all the pubs and clubs were shut, it’s a love-letter to those vital communIty spaces for finding your people and pleasures and also about personal healing, processing life and discovering moments of clarity amidst the noise. An open-hearted tribute to the joyful and sometimes bittersweet abandon of the craic and all it’s given me.
Carefully sound-designed experimental dance music meets infused breaks and acid in the opening tracks ‘out of office’, ‘hope’ and ‘out 2 4get’ , silky yet raw vocals punctuating them, reminding us of prime Cosey Fanni Tutti with post-punk sensibility. ELLES muses over the repetitiveness of our daily routine and misunderstandings with her love interest while poetically reminding us that hope is our only anchor. ‘i think i feel sumthing’ brings us a peek into rave languages through an Orbital-esque lens, with rave stabs and euphoric piano riffs showing us a spark of chemical-induced optimism as ELLES sings ‘anything is possible’ over chopped breakbeats. ‘coming up is such sweet sorrow’ takes it deeper, translating an altered state of consciousness lit by flashing strobes, with lush harmonic strings and vulnerable lyrics like ‘i wanna see all my friends at once, i wanna hug my mom, i wanna go home’ – grounded by the certainty that ‘this too shall pass (…) we’ll come out the other side with lessons in love’. “anthem” takes us through snapshots of club romance via glacial synths, dreamy vocal detailing and serotonin-glazed ecstatic pianos, lifting the UK-garage infused song to its anthemic promise.
‘toilet talk’, perhaps the trippiest sonic sculpture of the LP, tells us about the all-familiar moment of sisterly bonding with new friends you just met in a club toilet over a disorienting, grime-referencing instrumental. ‘dry ur tears’ throws us back into garage-tinged territories with intricate vocal chops and harmonies as a base for a lyrical exploration of inebriated self-inspection and deep reflection. ‘candyflip 69’ dazzles us with the artist’s range, effortlessly fusing Balearic, rock and a touch of Simple Minds. ‘sex’ brings authentic electro energy with an honest yet bold take on pleasure – Miss Kittin style. ‘afterglo’ closes the album with an unforgettable, instant-classic chord progression, dreamlike bassline and hair-raising vocals that promise to show us a place where ‘the view is just amazing’. You can’t help but think that the inebriating images painted in this album are the amazing view that ELLES mentions.
a1. ELLES – Out Of Office
a2. ELLES – Hope
a3. ELLES – Out 2 4get
a4. ELLES – I Think I Feel Sumthing
a5. ELLES – Coming Up Is Such Sweet Sorrow
a6. ELLES – Anthem
b1. ELLES – Toilet Talk
b2. ELLES – Dry Ur Tears
b3. ELLES – Candyflip 69
b4. ELLES – Sex
b5. ELLES – AftergloMore Like ELLES - A Celebration Of The Euphoria Of Life [12" Vinyl LP]