The lovely Ellie Goulding has finally made Starry Eyed (one of my favourite songs of 2009) an official release, accompanied by a trippy blurry lovely video. The new version of the track has fuller drums, a few more production tricks and is a bit less wispy and ethereal. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or not.
By dint of being crowned BBC’s Sound of 2010, Ellie will be receiving about as much Internet hatred incommensurate with her actual level of global popularity as Florence and La Roux did this past year, but as long as she keeps releasing wonderful bits of electro cotton candy, I don’t mind her one bit. In fact, the demo mix of Starry Eyed alone probably got as much play as any of the Sound of ’09ers.
Epic Russ Chimes Disco Edit: Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix) – Ellie Goulding
Over at The Singles Jukebox, we’re mired in our 2009 Best-Off, which is amusing and yet taking longer than any of us anticipated. Thankfully, this gives me the opportunity to finally update with the rest of my year’s blurbs.
As usual, I’m at my most embarrassing and sophomoric when it comes to music I unabashedly love (see: Campesinos, Marina) than I am with that which I like with reservations or that unexpectedly grew on me. Work in progress, as always. The Annie one is another low point…the song hit my pleasure centre as a kiss-off in the style of Lily’s ‘Knock ‘Em Out’, and I somehow ended up coming off as an uncritical pusher of pop. One day I will figure out how to do this.
2010. Clean slate, rededication to thoughtfulness, less intellectual laziness and short-cuts, hopefully.
Los Campesinos! – There Are Listed Buildings 
Little Boots – Earthquake 
John Mayers – Who Says 
Marina & the Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road 
Annie – I Don’t Like Your Band 
Roisin Murphy – Orally Fixated 
Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love 
Lady GaGa – Dance in the Dark 
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi 
Rihanna – Wait Your Turn 
Leighton Meester ft. Robin Thicke – Somebody to Love 
Taylor Swift – Jump Then Fall 
Mark Mallman – White Leather Days 
The Cast of Glee – Don’t Stop Believing 
Busy Signal – Da Style Deh 
The Singles Jukebox: 2009 Best-Off
Round 1, Group 1
Round 1, Group 6