Check out our interview with Indie Pop artist Elizabeth who recently released her debut record, the wonderful world of nature (out now), with a DELUXE version including six new songs. The Deluxe album features all the original songs from the album released last year plus six raw and emotional piano versions of album favorites “parties” and “death toll” and four new original songs including a stunning cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”.
Elizabeth is a glamorous tragic, a queer pop anti-heroine holding a curtain of glittering melodies over ugly truths.
A fixation on intimacy extends far beyond just the lyrics – in designing the sound of her record, Elizabeth sought to create a feeling of intense closeness with listeners, to give the impression she’s hovering close, dealing out melodic incantations like a trusted friend or conscience on your shoulder.
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Elizabeth - Go Your Own Way cover (Official Music Video)
Describe yourself in 3 words?
sweet, sad, glowing
We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?
Music has always been in my life ever since I was a little girl. Growing up my dad played in cover bands and he taught me to sing harmonies to his favourite rock songs. I started writing when I was about 8 and had way too many feelings and I have never stopped doing that.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
vulnerable, melodic, melancholy
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
I have always been obsessed with pop stars, I love the world they create around their music; the universe, the legend. I want to do that, build a fantasy version of myself until I barely exist anymore. People like Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith, Prince… just fantasy forever.
Tell us about your Deluxe album “the wonderful world of nature?”
The deluxe album features 7 new songs which I recorded by myself during isolation. Some are new, some are old but they are all very intimate. I’m asking my audience to step inside my bedroom, sit next to me, feel with me how I am feeling when I’m writing these songs.
What’s the story behind the album songs?
The original album is about break-up and heartache. I wrote it over the course of a relationship breakdown and it’s really just me wondering if how much of a monster I am. Like, what is the extent to which I am a monster here? Not like some kind of martyrdom, but more just stepping back and having wonder over how much we can hurt the people we love the most.
Do you have a particular favorite song from the album?
My favourite song changes a lot, it’s hard to choose because sometimes I can’t identity with myself anymore and that can bring new entry points to your own music.
Elizabeth - parties (Official Music Video)
Which project is still on your bucket list?
I want to write a musical.
What is fun and rewarding about what you do? And what’s not?
Connecting with people who like my music, sharing experiences with them. Hanging out with my band. Getting to travel to different places (RIP to this). I don’t like early morning flights but I would give anything to take one now!
What’s next for Elizabeth in the last months of 2020?
Laying on the beach, drinking fizzy water.
What is your favorite song? And why?
At the moment I am loving Love and Affection by Joan Armatrading.
Any loves other than music?
My sweet dogs, cooking, sitting in the sun.
Best advice ever given?
My mum always says the classic ‘this too shall pass’
How’s a typical day in your life?
At the moment, I get up early and take the dogs for a walk. I’m slow in the morning, I eat breakfast outside, do some kind of movement, check emails, read. Then I will start working around 11 until 5ish. Dinner with my boyfriend, into bed quite early. I do love the slow pandemic life, I’ll say that. Yesterday I went to the beach, and I’m going again this afternoon.
Name one your strengths?
I can pass a day doing nothing and feel good about it.
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
Quote: “It’s very expensive to be me. It’s terrible the things I have to do to be me” Anna Nicole Smith
Movie: Bicentennial Man
Travel Destination: My parents’ creaky old hotel by the lake.
Sports Team: no
Photo credit – Georgia Wallace