‘All The Crooked Scenes’, released 2nd April, is the brand new offering from Leeds based Alternative-folk group Ellen and the Escapades. The band has gone from strength to strength after winning 2010’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and playing BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds Festivals. ‘All The Crooked Scenes’ is the title track of the bands forthcoming debut album.
For such an up tempo song this track is strangely sad. Its Ellen’s beautiful voice that provides this melancholy tinge to proceedings. There’s a haunting, ethereal quality to it which is really highlighted at the close of the track when it is left alone to deliver the final phrase. The dusky little quiver makes a nice contrast from the epic narrative delivered over the driving tempo and swirling guitars of the rest of the song. This track would slip nicely into any Mumford and Sons fans record collection. The folk genre has been done to death of late but the spaghetti western guitar riffs give it enough of an edge to stop it from being too clichéd.
This track isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty damn good. The chord progressions are fairly obvious, it’s heavily stylised but there are enough beautiful elements to keep things interesting. And if that doesn’t work for you then you’ve got Ellen’s voice which is quite literally perfection.