This week the multi-award-winning singing ‘n’ songwriting Bristol bluethroat ELLES BAILEY releases her unflinching, unwavering, strut of a number, titled “The Game” — the fourth single to be taken from her forthcoming album ‘Sleeping in the Half Light’.
It’s an outpouring of self-examination, self-review, and ultimately, plenty of upbeat “what-the-hell-ism” that opens with Elles’ super-accomplished band basically enjoying a good ole’ fashioned blues jam, establishing some satisfying riffs, and conjuring some sand-soap rhythms, to form a sculptural backdrop for Elles’ much-celebrated vocals that we have previously described as: “fruitwood ‘n’ bourbon… like a punch from a velvet glove!”
An emancipatory blues-based rocker…Raw Ramp Magazine
The result is an energetic and emancipatory blues-based rocker that deftly shows how this versatile blues/americana performer can weave together stylizations of traditional blues, country rock ‘n’ roll, and American folk.
Elles co-wrote every new track on ‘Shining in the Half Light‘, and worked with a rich array of collaborators. About co-writing “The Game” she says, “I’ve been writing with (West Country session guitarist) Ashton Tucker and (Bristol blues-funk guitarist) Will Edmunds independently for years […] but this was our first co-write all together. And what a collaboration! The Game is one of my favourite tracks on the record. It’s full of swagger and the band are simply cooking on it!”
‘Sleeping in the Half Light’ will be Elle’s first full-length album to be recorded in the UK, recorded in Devon during December 2020 at Middle Farm Studios; produced by Dan Weller (best known for a long working relationship with Enter Shikari) the album features musicians: Joe Wilkins (Sefrial) on guitar, with keyboard legend Jonny Henderson, Matthew Waer (Yes Mess) on bass, and Matthew Jones (The Brackish) on drums.
Elles has recently been nominated Artist of the Year at The UK Americana Awards 2022.
Get the new single here: https://earache.lnk.to/TheGame
Main photo: Alan Dunkley