FRESH: ‘Signal’ – ELKAE

ELKAE has a “Signal”

Irish singer and songwriter ELKAE has released her brand new tune, “Signal”, her second of 2020 and the follow up to “Cause I Was Busy Working”. “Signal” is a soulful electro-pop number with a hint of funk and a little bit of jazz too, blended with ELKAE’s dominating and completely awesome vocal. ELKAE (real name Laura Keane) is Dublin based and made her debut in 2018 with “Sold”. SInce then, she has been steady to come forward with new material, building a distinguished collection of solid and refined anthems.

ELKAE says of “Signal”: “Last year, a friend of mine found herself tangled in a forbidden love triangle and I became her confidant. It turns out, she’d fallen in love with a girl who was in a long-term relationship and to complicate matters further, the girl had also fallen in love with her. Now, my friend’s love interest in question said she planned on leaving her partner for my friend, but in actual fact, began backing out , struggling to bite the bullet. What was intended to be a clean cut and the beginning of a new honest relationship, turned into an affair that lasted months. This girl was coming to terms with the reality of starting over with someone new and hurting her current girlfriend”.

She continues: “My friend sympathised with how hard it was for the girl to leave her partner but began to grow frustrated, morally conflicted and suspicious of her intentions as time went on. I wrote ‘Signal’ from my friend’s point of view. This is the first song I wrote that didn’t result directly from my own personal experiences. I took a metaphor and wrote about an astronaut who fell in love with a beautiful alien on another planet, who is torn between her long term lover home on earth and this mesmerising extraterrestrial alien. The song is written from an aliens POV as she grows impatient waiting on her astronaut to leave her lover”.

“Signal” is another example of ELKAE’s passion for creating funky old-school grooves with new, exciting electronic and sometimes disco infused production, polished off with her powerful and soulful voice to create a high energy performance.

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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!