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Riff: Ellie Goulding – “Lights”

Oct 3, 2012

Noises, I play within my head/Touch my own skin and hope that I’m still breathing

from Lights lyrics by Ellie Goulding

It’s no surprise this was a sleeper hit; it isn’t abrasive or mind-blowing to the ear, but it’s pleasant. Goulding avoids wailing like her peers; even her vocal peaks are a rhythmic coo, leaving the synths room to breathe. This fear-of-the-dark theme works both in the club or whilst studying.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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