Intimate and indulgent, British pop songstress ELOÏSE’s noir-pop fantasy “Drop Dead Gorgeous” is an empowering expression of female identity dwelling in darkness, taboos, and desire.
It’s important for women to feel empowered rather than victimised or belittled.
Each of us has a vice; a guilty pleasure; a dirty little secret – but few of us have all three wrapped up in one person. Intimate and indulgent, British pop songstress ELOÏSE’s noir-pop fantasy “Drop Dead Gorgeous” is an empowering expression of female identity dwelling in darkness, taboos, and desire.
You are drop dead gorgeous
Could you drop Dead?
Cos I’m in the process
Of getting you out of my head
And I know I don’t mean it
But it would be a lie
To say I hadn’t thought about ways to make you cry
Listen: “Drop Dead Gorgeous” – ELOÏSE
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” ELOÏSE’s second single release of 2018 (following April’s “Suckers”). A stunning 20-year-old singer/songwriter from London, ELOÏSE already seems to be the sort of multi-faceted artist who will forever keep audiences, and quite possibly herself, on their toes. Over the few short years that have passed since she released her debut single “Studio54” in 2016, ELOÏSE has consistently challenged herself through music – stretching herself as a songwriter and storyteller in her debut EP’s title track “Marie Antoinette,” extending herself vocally in her 2017 single “California,” and exploring the relatioship between vocals and surrounding instrumentals and sounds in her recent singles “Now He Wears White” and “Suckers.”
“Drop Dead Gorgeous” feels, in so many senses, like the quintessential ELOÏSE song: It’s a dark, bombastic, and entrancing piece of poetic electronic pop. The artist flexes her lush, emotive voice to create a sensual and seductive scene, luring listeners in through heavy moans and fierce cries that strike a balance between evocative and provocative.
This is the scene where the girl should run
I know I really hate to love you
but somehow I have to adore you
But I’ll be here till the horror’s done
I know I really hate to fight you
but that’s just what we do
“The single is inspired by pulp illustrations, horror, and true crime since I spend all my time listening to true crime podcasts and watching films like Natural Born Killers,” ELOÏSE tells Atwood Magazine. “I wanted to write something where I was the murderer rather than the damsel; with all that’s happened in current affairs over the last year or so, it’s important for women to feel empowered rather than victimised or belittled, and for me that manifested into creating a song where women are allowed to be angry, bitter, and powerful – whether that’s positive or not. I want people to love or hate the character of this song as much as they would if a man was singing it, but mainly it’s about being taken seriously as a woman saying the things this song says.
It’s about being taken seriously as a woman saying the things this song says.
My face hard like gold
And my tears feel like diamonds
Throw me to the lions
I’ve never seen you look so cold
And my tears feel like violence
Save me from the lion
At the ripe age of twenty, ELOÏSE is emerging with intent, style, and grace. “Drop Dead Gorgeous” is as intoxicating as it is intense, a spellbinding trip through intimate fantasy that empowers and opens our minds to new concepts befit for a progressive, forward-thinking society. ELOÏSE’s allure stems from her embrace of the dark and sultry, her refusal to conform, and her dedication to artistic integrity and creativity. “Noir-pop” may describe her sound today, but we can say with near certainty that ELOÏSE will come to make new music that demands new adjectives – because in the short time that she’s been sharing her music with the world, this 20-year-old has convinced us that she is willing, ready, and able to push herself and find comfort in the unknown.
A vice, a guilty pleasure, and a dirty little secret, “Drop Dead Gorgeous” is ELOÏSE’s in her passionate power-move. Stream the new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine!
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