Unapologetically haunting, Elysaé is back with a tribe of warriors in her scorching new video, Angel (Wash It Away), one that is guaranteed to transform your pain into power. After hitting #4 on the AMRAP Regional Charts with her self-empowerment anthem, Blinded, and recently becoming a semi-finalist in the Listen Up Songwriting Prize, Elysaé is back, stronger than ever with an artful expression of anger and pain.
In an unforgettable display of blazing light and interpretive dance, the video will have you captivated from the opening scene. Alone and lost, Elysaé stumbles across a single palm torch washed up on the beach. With curiosity, she embarks on a journey and finds herself summoned by the local fire tribe. She is guided up a cliff face where she is mesmorised by the sight before her and is then initiated into the tribe. The feeling of community and belonging reignites the passion and power within her. Elise Boland from the band answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build up been to the new single Angel (Wash It Away)?
The build up to releasing Angel (Wash It Away) was really fun. I spent a lot of time and energy creating the song and the music video, and I knew I had a lot of exciting and unique things I could tease and get people excited with. I almost wanted to drop the song early because I was so excited!
What is the background behind the single?
Born out of a time when I felt crippled by enragement and resentment, Angel (Wash It Away) was my way of unabashedly expressing myself and releasing the pent up emotion that had devoured my body. Anger is an emotion that is often shamed and suppressed in society, to only then arise in explosive ways, so I wanted to create a piece that portrayed the fiery emotion in a passionate and beautiful way. It was so liberating because I got to create a character out of the anger, writing from a completely unfiltered place knowing that nobody would ever hear it.. well that’s what I thought at the time.
What has the fan response been like so far?
It’s been really great. It seems like they really connect with the unapologetic nature of the track and the empowerment that it encourages (at least I hope so anyway). I’ve really loved getting to chat with them individually to hear their own personal stories and knowing that we all relate despite our unique lived experiences. They’re the best and honestly it feels weird to call then ‘fans’ as they feel more like friends. I’m so grateful for every single one of them, for their support and for all they’ve added to my life.
Were you hands on for the film clip?
I was very hands on throughout the entire process. I had the idea of using fire to represent anger and passion, and knew a few fire dancers by association so I was optimistic that I would be able to bring a group of performers together to create something special. I wrote the storyline with Joel Bryant (The Lone Creative), who also directed and edited the film clip. As for the dancers, I wanted them to have free rein to express themselves creatively so I bought paints and accessories, we got all painted up and they were free to do their thing. They brought so much energy and passion to not only the video, but the entire night. It was such a collaborative effort and I couldn’t have done it without them all.
How would you compare it sonically to some of your other music?
In comparison to my first single, Blinded, the harmonic and melodic nature of the song is quite different, and while both were songs of empowerment, Blinded almost has a more tribal feel whereas, Angel (Wash It Away) is haunting yet strong. Both singles have been quite strong so I’m really excited to share some of my more vulnerable and softer sides musically soon too.
Is Elysaé building towards an album or EP?
I sure am! I won’t give too much away as it’s still in the works but I have been working on lots of new music and am really looking forward to those new releases.
Does the music come before the lyrics?
Songwriting occurs differently for me each time, but often they come together. I usually start with some sort of vocal melody and nonsensical words that somehow begin to formulate into phrases, and from there, it all comes together.
Who would you say is the biggest shared musical influence/ inspiration for Elysaé?
Growing up, I was obviously quite influenced by my parents’ music choices – artists like ABBA, The Beatles, Pink & Elton John, and I really gravitated towards young female artists such as Delta Goodrem as I could see myself in her being a piano player too. But as I started writing my own music, I was really drawn to artists like Lana Del Rey & Lorde for their lyricism & the way no topic is off limits, I love Meg Mac for the strength that comes across through her music, and I’m obsessed with groups like Glass Animals for the creativity in their sound and how much fun their music is!
Did the band lose much momentum last year due to the pandemic?
Surprisingly no. I released my first single during the pandemic last year, so it was quite a unique situation. I had to get creative with ways to connect with people and to build my own momentum. I was able to create a music video that involved people from all around the world and then when gigs came back last year, I was lucky enough to have played quite a few shows and connect in person. As for this year, I’m using the lockdown as an opportunity to re-centre and focus on my goals.
Are you looking forward to being able to tour more broadly around the country this year?
I am SO beyond excited!! I can’t wait to get out on the road and venture to new places to share my music and connect with new people.
What’s next for Elysaé?
I’m currently putting together my next few releases (potentially including an EP… shh) and am planning out where I’d like to tour during 2022. I’m so excited for whatever adventure lies ahead and all that’s to come.
Interview By Rob Lyon