El­lis

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The Fuzz

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)

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