Elsie – The Assassin
aaamusic | On 03, Feb 2012
Step away from the slightly cringeworthy press release, and Elsie could potentially be touching upon something. There’s elements of Blondie in the guitar pop framework, and indeed shades of hedonistic lad rock attitude, and even a sense of a spiritual successor to the girl groups of the 50s and 60s. It’s essentially a woman with a good set of pipes singing about wanting to keep you (yes, you) away from her boyfriend in no uncertain times, but there’s a smoky, bolshy tone a la Imelda May to the potentially saccharine melody, which adds kick to the turgid disco tempo. It’s a pretty zeitgeisty track with a style that’s a bit like the aural equivalent of a microwave meal, but away from the bland instrumental is the hint of someone with a little more bite.