When you stick so many genres and ideas into a melting pot, it can be difficult to know how to describe the outcome. Elsa Hewitt makes what I’d called ‘Electronica Soup’. It borrows from house, synthwave, ambient, avant-garde and the chill out genres but then smears a buttery dream pop sheen over it all. You could hear it anywhere from a club to a jazz lounge (pushing its limits admittedly). It is decided unique though and her new forthcoming album ‘Lupa’ marks Elsa Hewitt’s closure to a period of musical discovery.
Elsa has been exploring electronica, ambient and dream-pop since 2017 when she mashed together three electronica albums she’d previously recorded and make it a new entity. From there she dove into improv ambient with ‘Quilted Jams’ and ‘Lupa’ merges these two together. The lead single is ‘Inhaler’ and it gives me serious Mandalay vibes. Elsa Hewitt has a soft and cathartic voice and she uses it in disjointed snippets across the grooves and rubbery synths to create intrigue. Add in some ambient found sounds and you’ve got a heady concoction.
Enjoy the single ‘Inhaler’ below, which is out now. The new album ‘Lupa’ is due out on the 30th of April and is available to pre-order too.
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