Elisabeth Elektra

FRESH: ‘My Sisters’ – Elisabeth Elektra

Elisabeth Elektra speaks to “My Sisters”

In her lithe, glorious and celebratory new single “My Sisters”, Glasgow-based Elisabeth Elektra delivers a super-charged rally-cry to all the disavowed goddesses out there. Elektra explains “My Sisters is a cabalistic anthem for witches, sex workers and marginalised women and femmes everywhere. It’s a celebration of female sexuality, magic and the wisdom that women and all marginalised people have developed as a result of living for so long under oppressive systems”.

A stunning, necessary and vitally empowering slice of pure pop elegance – but one drawing from the deep essential realm of Elektra’s characteristic and enduring philosophy and aesthetic – “My Sisters” invokes Donna Summer as much as it does Lykke Li whilst channeling new and progressive ground. “My Sisters” is the lead single from Elektra’s forthcoming debut album “Mercurial” released May 8th on Occult Babes. Listening to the music of Elisabeth Elektra is like finally having your third eye opened.

All these things around us, numerology, metaphysics, crystals, mythology, become something tangible in the Glasgow based musician’s songs. Singing of nebulous concepts like fantasy, dreams and eternity comes as second nature to this musician, yet they’re also delivered via the most modern and forward-thinking production. Pop, whether bedroom or dancefloor, is right at the heart of Elisabeth Elektra. Having worked with a fabulously varied bunch of collaborators including Ben Power of Fuck Buttons and Blanck Mass, Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles and kindred spirit John Fryer (This Mortal Coil) you can hear that Elektra has extracted every bit of noise and beauty she can from those she’s worked with.

A believer in the power of transformation via art, it’s something Elektra wants to recreate in her live shows. If you’ve seen her constantly shifting persona and stage craft at festivals like All Tomorrow’s Parties, Kendall Calling and SXSW, or as support for Minor Victories and the legendary Human League then you’ll know to expect the unexpected; Something spectacular, and something different…that’s the best way of describing the music of Elisabeth Elektra. A song writer drawing from the cosmic and the familiar to create pop music that’s as addictive and spine-tingling as the stories we’ve been telling for centuries.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!