It’s been two years since Sophie Ellis-Bextor released her fourth studio album, the brilliant Make A Scene, which spanned a couple of years of recordings and took its time coming out but nevertheless ended up becoming one of my favourite releases of 2011.
The Groovejet songstress can currently be found on the dancefloor, participating in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, so it seems like a good time to not only release her next album Wanderlust which is set for release on 20 January, but to also stretch her wings and move on from the Xenomania/Richard X-produced electropop leanings of her previous.
“I think I am perfectly capable of making an album with a real vision to it” she recently said of her new album during an interview with The Line of Best Fit, and today she unveiled the first full taster of what folk can expect from the change in direction by premiering the music video for new song Young Blood.
Initially given away as a free demo to fans back in March, the lovingly-executed piano-driven ballad has been produced by British singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt who is a key contributor to the upcoming Wanderlust project and played a big part in influencing the change in sound. “We talked about folk stories and, you know, weird and wonderful tales. I think we were also talking about doing a waltz” Sophie told Best Fit of their working relationship. “I was enjoying being completely un-commercial and doing things without restraint and with no purpose other than to please ourselves”.
And so, whilst Sophie hints during the interview that her pop past is still there for her to return to in the future, I think we can safely assume that there aren’t any pop behemoths of Bittersweet proportions in the pipeline just yet.