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Ella Thompson: Hysteria

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Exquisite.

Ella Thompson is exquisite on her first body of solo work since 2015.

While she hasn’t strayed far from our ears or minds – consistently releasing and touring with GL, Dorsal Fins and The Bamboos – on Hysteria it’s as if we are slowly being reintroduced to Ella Thompson the artist.

Every track unfurls a new layer of her songwriting and musicianship, revealing piece by piece who she is when she stands on her own. The gorgeously, floating title track opens the record, and under a reverb-soaked wall of melody Thompson shares her thoughts on gender and emotion.

‘Snow’ continues to float along until ‘Dare’ opens up, injecting some darker tones into the dreamy mix, eventually completely giving way to the bass. ‘Follow I Go’ is a quick breath, before ‘Undine’ builds on these darker moments.

Haunting vocals are carried by minimalist production, slowly fading out to a whisper.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 185. You can read it here.

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