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Album Review: Eloise Viola – Glasshouse

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Watch out guys, there is a new artist on the scene!!  Eloise Viola has released her debut album Glasshouse having earned her stripes by, amongst other things, supporting Anastacia on tour.  The London-based singer-songwriter has a growing fan base, and the album is said to address important themes and issues to Eloise.  I was excited to cover this album – it’s rare to review an album from a fresh artist, where there is little or no preconceived ideas as to what I’m getting myself into!!

Glasshouse starts with Electricity, which is pretty catchy!  The synth arrangement is quite simplistic, but the song has great hooks and there is a hint of Jess Glynne about Eloise’s vocals, of which there is a lovely run through the scales leading up to chorus, and this disco/club-pop feel of synths and verse increasing up to a crescendo at the chorus continues in next track Listen.  A move away from club land ensues in 999 where there the unmistakably bluesy, Black Velvet feel to the track – this was by far my favourite track of the album.

Returning to the studio sounds of drum machines and synths, Paper was a slower tempo to the first two songs, where Eloise is clearly using a bad past experience as inspiration for the lyrics, and this slower synth & airing woes style is replicated in Hunger, though this is does pick up as the song progresses, and is the better of the two tracks.  Moving onward, Lifetime tells of a relationship unexpectedly ending, but realising it was a good thing, all to the tune of an acoustic guitar and more synth and drum machine, whilst the very Chvrches-type beats & synths arrangement drives Delicate is somewhat of a beat to lyric content mismatch.

Title track Glasshouse is a disco-pop tune that has a funky bassline and some decent hooks, which are somewhat a veneer to the lyrics broaching the issues of eating disorders, and was inspired by the return of the 90s ‘heroin chic’ look.  Subsequent track Spaceship is a somewhat low key track, while in Alone the lyrics (about being ok with being single) take centre stage, and Easy follows suit – a slower tempo track, this time leaning on being less hard on your failures.… however, the chorus is far more uplifting and more invigorating.  Penultimate track Moments sees a return to club land after muted start, whilst at the finale, Higher, is a great way to end, with a hard slow beat and a return to that earlier bluesy feel.

Glasshouse is big step in Eloise Viola’s career.  She is clearly an artist with vocal prowess, and when she takes steps down the more bluesy music paths in front of her, this is where she is at her best – real instruments and a less polished production that actually works in her favour, as opposed to the disco-pop songs where slight reductions in production quality of beats and synths can be very noticeable.  None the less, some of the more pop-oriented tracks are quite moreish, and it will be interesting to see where this singer-songwriter ends up in the years to come.