Today (Nov. 9) marks the release of the debut EP from Hamilton, Ontario-based signer/songwriter Linnea Siggelkow, who records poignant dream pop under the name Ellis (taken, phonetically, from her two initials). The whole EP — titled The Fuzz — is a gripping, often intensely personal listen, which pairs well with winter coming, especially considering where Siggelkow comes from.
“I was thinking of you / were you thinking of me?” is the refrain throughout “N.Y.E.,” the final track on the EP. Minimal and percussion-less, the song communicates a powerful sense of longing, with Siggelkow’s vocals floating through like smoke. Starting off with the final song isn’t the traditional way to get into a new release, but if you imagine the flow of songs that would’ve led to a closing like this, you’re going to want to keep listening.
“I recorded this track in my bedroom when I first wrote it,” Ellis tells Billboard. “We re-recorded it in the studio and actually spent quite a lot of time perfecting it, but in the end decided to stick with the original version. It’s very raw and imperfect and I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be.” Ellis has enjoyed a promising year so far, playing shows with the likes of Soccer Mommy and Palehound and receiving a very positive review on Pitchfork.
Listen to the new track via the music video below. For more info on Ellis and her self-released debut EP check out her Bandcamp page.