SINGLE REVIEW: Eliott – Circles

Over the past two years Eliott has been impressing audiences with her candid vulnerability instilled within her songwriting as well as her powerhouse vocals that soothe the sadness in your soul. 

Taking to stages across the country for her own headline shows as well as opening for the likes of No Mono, Ok Moon, Dean Lewis and Matt Corby, she has been simultaneously baring her heart and finding her confidence on the big stage.  

Having only released her debut EP ‘Bold Enough’ late last year, she has been playing a lot of unreleased material in her set over the years. One of those songs has been the captivating ‘Circles’ which has been a clear standout in her live show, and now it finally gets it’s time to shine. 

Produced by Chris Collins and co-written with Xavier Dunn and Sam Phay, the Melbourne singer-songwriter offers a cathartic release of emotions through opening up about her struggles with falling into a continuous circulation of actions and emotions. 

“And I’ll live in circles, again. And I’ll break my mother’s heart” she honestly sings during the pre-chorus. 

The raw powerfulness is heightened through the growing production which begins brooding and simple with just a guitar and her hauntingly beautiful vocals. She then adds a piano which increases the mood before climaxing with a simple drum beat in the final chorus. 

The folk attributes shine through the pop ballad polish that is reminiscent of Vera Blue’s early material which has also become a great foundation for her music. She experimented with a shinier pop production on recent single ‘Find A Way’ but the raw intimacy of something like ‘Circles’ is where her songwriter heart should embrace.

This is Eliott’s strongest release yet which is fitting because it’s also her most vulnerable, so hopefully we get to hear more from her inner-soul soon.