Sydney-based songstress ELKI remains an enigma even some eleven months since we last spoke to her. She still continues to carefully select her projects, rejecting the temptation to yield to others, the overall master of her own meticulously crafted output. That said, I found ELKI recently gearing up for her long awaited debut EP, teasing us with her lead single Movie, an achingly moving ballad. Over the past few weeks it has been gaining traction and at last count surpassing ten thousand plays on Spotify. Always open to chat, I asked ELKI to share some secrets about Movie.

On my playlist is Movie your lead single from your forthcoming EP. It is moody, it’s heartfelt, it’s dark, it aches and your voice really soar on this piano-driven ballad. Where were you when you wrote this, I mean, your head space? 

I often get inspired by movies, and this time it was by a film called ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’, in which a girl escapes her unhappy life by getting a little too obsessed with a movie and its leading man. The film blends reality and fantasy so well and I really wanted to capture that. I wanted to keep the recording bare bones and just a simple ballad with a nostalgic, romantic feel. I was very happy with Chris Moore from the MSO who nailed my string parts, he was a total gun.

Did you write the lyrics or did you hear the melody in your head first?

The first verse came to me as I was pottering around, tidying up! The lyrics and melody popped into my head together, so that was easy. I normally come up with melody first with a sprinkle of lyrics, then refine the lyrics over time. I often do chords last.

Tell me something surprising about the music video?

The car rain scene was shot in a mental asylum. I had to drink whisky to keep warm, as it was freezing. After one take, the security guard wanted us to go home because he had to close up. That was our only take of that scene, it didn’t rain again after that!

The bathroom bit was filmed in a park’s public toilet on a balmy night. At one stage we ducked out to see an amazing full moon. We were gone mere minutes, but when we got back, the evening auto-lock on the door had engaged and we were locked out. We tried everything to get back in.  The next morning I camped outside the public toilet at 5am, to wait until the doors would unlock so I could get the camera and my bag back.

The scene in the water was fun as it was warm again, so it was refreshing and a relief that I didn’t get chomped by a shark. So, all in all, a very glamorous experience.

The whole thing was shot on a handycam. 

Finally, what secrets are you allowed to divulge about your forthcoming EP? 

So, I’m very excited about my debut EP. There’s an epic track that’s inspired by my love of Brazilian music, particularly Tropicalia. There’s also a really fun one on there with lots of bounce and energy. Another track is inspired by a book about a wolf. So it’s varied and unique and I’m really pleased to be getting it out into the world!
 
 

For more information on ELKI, check out her Facebook page. Watch her on You Tube. Buy/Stream ELKI’s new single Movie HERE.

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