Serving up relatable contradicting emotions and the sounds of a true heartbreak anthem is alt-pop star Ellysse Mason with her twinkling track “Where Were You”. Undeniably joyous in sound, the track’s warm production filled with thick layers of shimmering 80s synths, crashing drums and electric guitars allows the artist’s aim of blending the sound of varying eras and genres, much like her idols The 1975, to become instantly apparent. But, while upbeat in sound, a closer listen to the poetically penned lyrics unveils the sombre and heartbreak-inspired messaging that lies at the song’s core.
“I wanted to explore the clash of contrasting emotions as a relationship comes to its end,” explains Ellysse when speaking on her track’s meaning. “‘Where Were You’ is the straight-talking voice needed to interrupt the silence of a complete communication breakdown. It’s both sides of the story, if either side were brave enough.”
With her feel-good music having graced the BBC Radio 1 airwaves and a dedicated following allowing the artist to rack up 280k monthly Spotify listeners, it is clear that Ellysse’s sweet sounds and masterful lyrics are resonating with listeners. And, with track “Where Were You” marking her anticipated return to the world of alt-pop music, fans can expect more music drops and look forward to a string of live shows from Ellysse very soon.
Listen to “Where Were You” below…