Ellie Goulding may be patiently tapping her foot right below Carly Rae Jepsen on top of the Billboard Hot 100 right now with 2010’s “Lights” (American radio: forever at the forefront of new music!), but across the pond, she’s embarking on a whole new journey.
Earlier this morning, the indie-pop princess debuted “Anything Could Happen” on BBC Radio, the lead single from her upcoming record, Halcyon. The wistful number–produced by Jim Elliot–proves that while the production’s become more full-bodied and the songwriting even more poetic, it’s the same Ellie we’ve come to know and adore, quivering vocals and all.
“After the war we said we’d fight together/I guess we thought that’s just what humans do/Letting darkness grow, as if we need its palette and we need its colour,” she croons above the sparkling electronica and piano-led stomp.
Between the song’s soldiering strut and those final primal yelps, “Anything” is a big, bold display of Ellie’s increasingly confident (and newly-dyed pink!) personality. It’s major.
And now, here’s an accompanying lyric video filled with pretty fan-made Instagrams.
Halcyon will be released on October 9. (iTunes)