Linnea Siggelkow knows a thing or two about heartbreak. It was the impetus for forming her band Ellis, a name composed from her initials. Living in Toronto at the time of the band’s conception, Siggelkow needed a refresh and relocated to Hamilton. The city served as a blank slate for Siggelkow, providing the space and inspiration for her songs, which wrap tales of love gone wrong in warm, lamenting dream pop tones. Although she called on various friends to help record The Fuzz, Siggelkow and producer Aaron Hutchinson have magically turned some affordably modest production into six pieces of blissful ear candy. With its iridescent synths and pedal-heavy guitars, “The Drain” achieves picture-perfect shoegaze; “What a Mess” slowly descends into a sublime blur of misery; and the title track painfully builds to a climax of blown-out fuzz, screeching riffs and crashing drums that is devastating when it hits.
The Fuzz is not a concept record, but the way Siggelkow sings of being trapped in a murky state of despair, it might as well be. Her songs feel like painful moments we’ve all experienced before. On her first try, Siggelkow has achieved remarkable results with The Fuzz, hinting at a bright future for Ellis. (Independent)