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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Front Page -

If there was one con­stant in the New Mu­sic dis­patches in 2009, it was A&R folks rav­ing about El­lie Gould­ing’s voice and songs.

There’s plenty of magic in this lass’s crack­ling quiver, and her songs, such as her de­but sin­gle In the Sheets (for the on-point Neon Gold la­bel), are worth their weight in gold. Is she go­ing to be “The One” top­ping those tips-for-2010 polls in a few weeks? Yep, it looks like it.

Born in Here­ford, Gould­ing started singing and play­ing gui­tar when she was 15 years old. Her first tune was called Us Alone and “it was prob­a­bly the worst song in the world but you’ve got to start some­where”, she says, “it was proper cringe”.

By 2007 and Gould­ing was in the process of drop­ping out of a drama de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Kent. She was play­ing in a col­lege tal­ent show and was spot­ted by her fu­ture man­ager.

On the back of that in­ter­est, Gould­ing de­cided to get se­ri­ous about writ­ing songs and hunted down some col­lab­o­ra­tors. She worked with Frankmusik’s Vin­cent Frank and dub­step don Burial be­fore hook­ing up, via MyS­pace nat­u­rally, with Star­smith. To­gether, Gould­ing and Star­smith have hit the jack­pot, pro­duc­ing elec­tronic pop tracks which pos­sess a fan­tas­tic mag­netic ap­peal.

When she’s not pen­ning tracks of her own, Gould­ing is show­ing just how soul­ful Pas­sion Pit’s Sleepy­head, Bon Iver’s Wolves and Mid­lake’s Roscoe can be.

With Un­der the Sheets caus­ing a stir, Gould­ing is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to her de­but al­bum in-be­tween do­ing shows with Lit­tle Boots and Florence & The Ma­chine. Ex­pect her to be the one top­ping those bills in the com­ing year.

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