Born and raised in York, singer-songwriter Amy May Ellis delicately blends contemporary folk with rich string and brass sections, making a soothingly sweet concoction that’ll leave you wanting more. We Got Fire is a blissful five track journey, packed with silvery vocal runs and illustrious songwriting. Speaking on her songwriting, Amy confesses that they come from a “place of restlessness and frustration”. Mostly recorded with her band at a Farmhouse in Yorkshire, each of these tracks emit a light which can only be replicated by a summer’s day.
Opening track ‘Fire’ begins with a simple acoustic strum and a vocal style akin to Bristol’s own Kate Stapley. A tale of two halves, the song then takes an unexpected twist with bellowing vocals and beefy brass sections which only heighten the experience. At its core, Amy’s songs are folk, through introducing dynamic chord changes and sultry sting sections it add much more dimension.
Stand out track ‘Cityscapes’ begins with a woozy guitar strum and the tongue twisting line ‘smoke sinks into my skin’, her diverse vocal range reaches its height during this song – singing from a mere whisper to bellowing the lyrics during the middle section which adds so much more emotion to the song.
A well-rounded folk record with particular moments of bliss. Check out ‘Lonely Living’ from Amy’s forthcoming EP, sadly there isn’t a Bristol date on her tour (as of yet!) so fingers crossed she’ll come visit us all soon!