The enigmatic Ella On the Run continues her assault to shake up modern pop with bold new single ‘Walk Away’. This follows stellar releases ‘All That She Wants’ and ‘Cavalry’ and has a notably more downtempo edge, a simmering seduction that underpins its three-minute run length.
Garnering attention for her synth-soaked sound, ‘Walk Away’ demonstrates a versatility and understanding of the genre of electro in a broader sense. Its pace and style is reminiscent of Roísín Murphy with a notion of pop accessibility of Sugababes and All Saints. The choral bridge is not as dramatic here yet the difference in tone is still danceable, while Ella’s sultry vocal internally tells herself to “walk away”.
The accompanying video directed by Rafe Gibbon echoes the sentiment of advising yourself on bad decisions, a reflection of hindsight. Indulging in sound and space, nothing is rushed here as Ella envelopes her listener in tingling R&B tones and hypnotic melody. Following in the footsteps of acclaimed eschewed pop artists including Rosie Lowe and Sinead Harnett, Ella is proving to be one to firmly watch for the remainder of 2016.