Album #85: Ellis – Born Again

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Hamilton, Canada
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • Best Track: Born Again

Three reviews in one day? Wow, someone’s self-isolating!

Ellis is the alias of Canadian singer-songwriter Linnea Siggelkow. Her first full-length album, Born Again, came out last Friday and is a heartfelt journey of her battle against anxiety.

She has drawn comparisons with the likes of Alvvays and Soccer Mommy, but what this album makes me think of is what Cigarettes After Sex might sound like if it were a woman baring her soul rather than a sex-mad man baring, well, himself!

Songs like ‘Fall Apart’ really hit you – a deeply sad and honest account the cycle of depression and inertia. The title track is my favourite I think – slightly pacier than most of the others, with a faintly C86 sound.

It’s not one to get your pulse racing or your head bopping, but it’s a really nice first album. Intimate lyrics, great melodies, washes of dreamy noise and occasional ’80s pastiches – what’s not to enjoy?

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