Upcoming Swansea based singer-songwriter Eleri Angharad has just released the brand new single “Blank Walls”!
Eleri has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest song release, along with getting to more about the artist behind the music.
Hey Eleri, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by introducing yourself to the readers?
Eleri: Hi, I’m Eleri Angharad, a Country/Pop singer songwriter from South Wales.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Eleri: We always had a piano in our house for as long as I can remember. My mum even has a picture of me at about 6 months old sat on her lap and plonking away on it. I was also in choirs and musicials at school so I always loved singing, and picked up my first guitar at 13 which is when I started writing songs.
Have you always known that music was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Eleri: It wasn’t something I thought about until I was in uni actually, it was always mostly a hobby before that. I did a theatre degree though and for my last year I studied out in the US, in North Carolina where I absolutely fell in love with country music and was lucky enough to visit Nashville and watch some amazing, inspiring artists. When I came back to Wales I think I’d made up my mind that thats what I wanted to do.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Eleri: I would describe it as Country/Pop. It’s definitely Nashville inspired and I’ve always loved artists like Dolly Parton, James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks, but I also draw on more modern pop influences from crossover like Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and some Welsh folk music that I grew up with as well. I guess it’s kind of a mix!
You have just released the brand new single “Blank Walls”, which sounds amazing by the way. How did the idea to create this song come together?
Eleri: Thank you very much! The idea actually came from a film I watched called Interview with a Vampire that just has so many really dark, moody but quite sensual images, like candles and red wine. So that was the initial spark and then I drew on things that were happening in my own life and the lyrics started forming as lists and rhymes.
What is the main inspiration behind this latest release?
Eleri: At the time I wrote it I was listening a lot to Maisie Peters, Ingrid Andress and Billie Eilish and just love how detailed and vivid their lyrics are. I wanted the song to be really honest and depict the fragility and confusion of romance. The song itself is quite sad and the story of it is someone trying to piece together fragments of a relationship into something more meaningful, which I think is something a lot of us can relate to.
What does the song personally mean to you?
Eleri: I drew upon a few experiences and relationships from my own life to write the song and to me its just the story of something that doesn’t quite work out the way you want it to.
If listeners could take away one thing from this song, what would you like it to be?
Eleri: Just that it’s okay if something doesn’t work out and it’s chaotic and confusing for a while. I think there’s still value in those kinds of relationships and you definitely learn a lot from them.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Eleri: In my spare time I absolutely love cooking, baking and generally experimenting in the kitchen! This week I made banana nut muffins, red lentil curry and a vegan lasagne. It’s my other way of being creative when I don’t feel like working on music. I also like to keep fit and have really been enjoying going on walks around the beautiful Welsh countryside recently.
What song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Eleri: Space Cowboy by Kacey Musgraves, it’s just so beautifully sad and I really love sad songs.
If you could duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
Eleri: Probably James Taylor, I’d love to write with him aswell, I really love the way he structures a song and tells a story.
What was the last album you listened to & did you enjoy it?
Eleri: The Party – Andy Shauf, I rediscovered this in isolation. It’s a really cool concept album of a house party and goes through all the different stories of people their in a stream of consciousness kind of way. It’s really imaginative and the sound is really quirky too, like an indie-pop meets folk vibe.
If you could possess one super-power, what would you choose & why?
Eleri: I’d honestly just love to be able to fly, I used to think I’d like to read minds but I think it would just get really overwhelming and drive me crazy!
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you about pursuing a career in music?
Eleri: One of my best friends who works in the industry told me to not lose sight of why you make music. It ultimately has to be because you enjoy it, otherwise it’s really easy to let the industry and rejection get to you.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Eleri: Thank you so much for reading my interview, and supporting Jess’ fantastic blog! I’d love to know what you think of my new song Blank Walls so if you’ve listened please get in touch. It would be lush to hear from you.
You can check out “Blank Walls” on Spotify below.