“Delirium” steps away from EDM scene


The seamless integration of the first two songs gracefully introduces Ellie Goulding’s new album “Delirium.” The misty ambience of “Intro (Delirium)” creeps up on you and then dives headfirst into the dancing beats of “Aftertaste.”

Goulding abandons the feel-good EDM route for a pop approach with a more realistic twist. Love is presented in the way we see it everyday. “You wanted my heart, but I just liked your tattoos,” she croons over a plucky bass and hard rhythm in “On My Mind.” “Codes” features punchy electric beats coupled with ascending synths, teaching us that “when love’s not playing out like the movies, it doesn’t mean it’s falling apart.” Goulding chooses to not romanticize love like most pop artists do and instead shows us love in its rawest and most relatable form.

Her new, darker approach creates an ethereal blend of minimalist pop. Goulding’s signature wispy voice, paired with percussion-heavy songs, results in the album’s delicate power and elegance. The instrumental and overall sound of the album is very diverse as well. For example, “The Greatest” is a simple ballad with rhythmic clapping and smooth synths, but the next track sounds completely different — “I Do What I Love” is a Bollywood-influenced song with crescendos in vocals around each verse. However, the diversity in style does stretch a bit too far. While the album overall feels melancholy, the bubbly “Around U” is out of place and underdeveloped compared to the other tracks.

“Delirium” does not stray too far from the sound of Goulding’s previous albums, “Halcyon” and “Lights.” Each album contains synth-heavy beats but offers its own spin on pop. Moody and straightforward songs with a wider variety of instrumentals are offered in “Delirium,” providing a refreshing twist that will appeal to both old and new fans.

By Natalie Jiang, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

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