Ella Raphael possesses a euphoric voice, filled with warmth and emotion. Brought up on Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf her travels have refined that eclectic mix, adding The Shirelles, Julee Cruise, Love, Serge Gainsbourg, Karen Dalton (to whom her lilting vocal occasionally recalls), ESG, Broadcast, Vashti Bunyan and so much more.
“A timeless, Tropicália-tinged daydream” Gorilla vs Bear
Following her debut single ‘See You Through’, the hypnotic ‘Tangled Love’ trips into Tropicalia territory; a hazy, echoey vibraphone-led slice of melancholy with a lush lap steel guitar adding some exquisite exotica.
“The song is about the way we are raised, a breakdown in communication, and the entanglement that evolves as a result.” Ella Raphael
Wooed by the symbolism of time and place, inspired by the movies of Jodorowsky and Godard’s Le Mépris, Ella has crafted a sound that’s as wide-ranging as her influences and experiences on a song that channels the light and dark of her music.
‘Tangled Love’ is a noirish lament for love; a timeless moment filled with aching memories, with an Yma Sumac sub melody underpinning the sha la la la of perfect pop.
“Instead of making the song heavy, I just wanted it to be light and fun. I added some broken French and, after getting a bit tipsy in the studio, the operatic backing vocals. The lap steel makes the whole thing feel dreamy with a Tropicalia feel, it was a lot of fun being playful, it’s a skewed and upbeat soundtrack for peoples’ trauma”.