London-based musician, David Ellis self-released his new single ‘Eyes To The Sky’ on 20 June.
The self-proclaimed ‘Pagan Rock’ artist cleverly sews together earthy rhythms with heartfelt melodies and impassioned singing. Written about his journey on the search for happiness, his positive approach to ‘Eyes To The Sky’ is a wonderful introduction to Ellis’ sanguine sound.
Speaking of ‘Eyes to the Sky’, Ellis explains:
“’Eyes to the Sky’ was written at a time where I regained a youthful wonderment towards life after spending many years searching for happiness in all the wrong places.”
Ellis’ multi-faceted alt-folk takes influence from the great singer-songwriter movement of the 70s. Though his songs are not political, they instead take focus on the beauties of life and encourage the listener to find happiness within themselves as opposed to chasing the whims of the ego.
Drawn by the whispers of nature, his music further seeks clarity within the Western world’s increasingly mal-spirited culture. His optimistic words challenge the prevailing perspective towards the complexities of love and spirituality.
Ellis is a refreshing example of what is possible for a DIY musician, swerving the tradition route of the major labels and taking on producing duties himself as well as self-releasing his music.
Ellis recorded his full-length debut album ‘Misty Heights’ whilst living next to the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock, and sought inspiration from the surrounding forest, adopting his acoustic guitar, violin, bongos, and bass to create an album that truly encompasses his deepest and most valued experiences. One that breaks stride with the latest wave of synth-heavy, overwrought alt-indie of recent times and instead guides the listener towards the familiar poetic folk-hippy tradition of Donovan, Joni Mitchell and early Marc Bolan, as well as more modern artists including Devendra Banhart and Feist.
David Ellis Live
22 June 2019 – Tandem Festival