Monday, April 05, 2010
Curiously missing from BBC's "Sound 0f 2010" shortlist last year was 22-year-old singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle. It seemed odd, as she was quite hotly tipped, signed to Parlophone, and being on the list could've been her much-needed platform to launch. Fast forward to April, and there's still little development and news of an album. I suspect the label's not entirely sure what to do with her now. The music's not the problem, that is certain. She makes breezy, feel-good acoustic pop that is great for sunny days. The hooks are catchy and instant. It's just that she came to the scene about 3 years too late. What's she doing is no longer considered fresh as it once was with the likes of Lily Allen, Kate Nash or Corinne Bailey-Rae. It's a pity as she has some really pleasant songs. "Rollerblades" and "Go Home" are among my favorites from her self-titled digital EP. "Skinny Genes", the lead single, sounded slight and thin at first, but has grown on me a lot lately with its whistle-laden chorus. Here's hoping she will find her audience, and get a few tv syncs, at least. A track & a remix by Jamie of The XX after the jump.
Eliza Doolittle - Rollerblades
Eliza Doolittle - Money Box (Jamie XX Remix)
Here's the video for "Skinny Genes", a standard "quirky songstress" affair: