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Interview: Elle Winston

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After presenting her incredible EP Uncertainty last week, I thought it would be a good idea to do an interview with Elle Winston, so that she can express her thoughts on her music, the album, the topics she chooses to touch upon and more. She kindly agreed to answer my questions and I am really happy to share them with you now. As I told you last time, she is one of the artists I really appreciate and her music never fails to move me. It’s therefore a great pleasure to have a chance to exchange with her and get to know her a little better. In case you haven’t listened to the album and purchased it, I highly recommend you do so now. It is definitely worth your time and money! Now, without further delay, let me introduce you to Elle Winston…

First of all, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?

I am Elle Winston. I’m a singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. I was born in Indiana, but spent most of my life growing up in Arizona (I miss the sunshine! Haha!). Above all things, I am a sister, a daughter, a friend and a partner. More

Newness for your ears: Uncertainty, Elle Winston


Cover artwork for Uncertainty

I first told you about the amazing Elle Winston almost a year ago, when her debut EP Who Said It Was Simple? dropped (shout out to Sincere Vega for the discovery!) and I am quite excited to present to you her brand-new release. The sophomore EP, simply entitled Uncertainty, came out today and it has already secured it’s position among my favourites for 2013. While her first project was a way for Elle Winston to introduce the listener to her musical universe by showcasing her versatility and eclectic influences, this new EP sees her delve deeper and touch upon some topics that are more intimate and personal. As the title suggests and according to the singer herself, this is her most sincere work to date and was written at a time in her life where she was struggling and questioning herself. Using this Uncertainty as creative fuel, she crafted some intense songs that are as beautiful as they are touching and compelling. From the very first notes of Waitin’ On, I was caught in the rhythm of the beat and as my head nodded I could appreciate the heartfelt lyrics and Elle’s unique, sultry voice. Very easy to relate to, the first song is probably the one that touched me the most, but the incredible Sisters (which was available as an exclusive on The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 3) and My Black, more specifically, are extremely candid and powerful. Dealing with what it means to be a black woman in today’s world, both songs ask rhetorical questions or expose situations that are sure to make you pause for a while and ponder. More

Newness for your ears: Who Said It Was Simple?, Elle Winston

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Cover artwork for Who Said It Was Simple EP

I know last time I posted some music I said I’d follow up with more overdue posts that had been waiting for weeks or even months, but I guess my tendency to get sidetracked and completely disorganised at times is once again in effect and I am contradicting myself by posting this EP I just discovered, thanks to Sincere Vega who kindly put me on it. I know I’m the only one who cares (kind of) about how and what I post here, but I guess I like rambling and I’ll assume you like reading that.
On this cold, snowy day, there’s nothing like some beautiful, soulful, jazzy music to make me feel warm and happy. As soon as I heard the first seconds of the first track of Who Said It Was Simple?, I was in love with the music and with Elle Winston’s exceptional voice. This is yet another occasion where I tell myself that I should really go back to looking for some music, as opposed to waiting for people to send it to me. Not only because I’m missing out on a lot of amazing music by very talented artists but more importantly because most of the emails or messages I receive are from hip-hop artists. Of course I love hip-hop and it’s always a pleasure to discover new artists and albums, but soul music touches me in different ways, probably more deeply and on an emotional level. Listening to the EP, I had a smile on my face and could almost feel goosebumps on my arms, as the beauty of Elle’s voice and the heartfelt lyrics moved me. This is especially the case for the incredible and emotional Fallen, as well as for the equally touching My Everything, which are probably my favourites right now, but that’s the hopeless romantic in me talking and that could change. More

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