One To Watch: Ela Orleans

Claiming the title of the first artist signing to Howie B’s label, HB Recordings, Polish-born (but Glasgow based) Ela Orleans embodies all sorts of exciting talent and perfectly executed experimentation.

Whilst you may be yet to hear about her, Orleans’ career is a very successful one: as well as being a member of Glaswegian genre-defiers Hassle Hound, playing with various luminaries of the experimental and noise scenes and working as a composer for screen and theatre, Ela has five albums to her name – with a sixth coming up. It’s no wonder she is able to produce such fantastically clever – yet equally beautiful – music.

Having dabbled in dance music under the moniker TRACT, the influence of Howie B has undoubtedly allowed Orleans to explore this further. With her latest album due for release next month, first single ‘The Sky And The Ghost’ is the perfect indication of what’s to come – and what she’s capable of in general. In an album inspired by Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Orleans combines pop roots with dance elements and even steers towards a cinematic sound. Her dark, husky vocals layered over the complex electronic texture combine to create something incredibly calming.

With admiration pouring in from the likes of David Lynch and Thurston Moore, you definitely shouldn’t hesitate in listening to this lovely lady.

‘The Sky And The Ghost’ is out 27th April via HB Recordings. 

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie