Behave, indeed. From October’s upcoming debut album Constant Unfailing Night, ‘Behave’ is a track Elle Mary sang solo at last week’s acoustic Eagle Inn show that prompted your reviewer to almost drop his pint at the sheer venom of its closing line.
“Birthed” after a break-up, Elle Mary switched her acoustic guitar to electric and left folk music behind in a Judas-like fashion. Whether or not the pain of that breakup remains, she does a damned good job of representing it whilst digging out a pleasant little tune at the same time.
It’s not a good idea to keep comparing artists with others – but it often helps to convey how you think one might develop. After listening to this track several times and having seen Elle Mary twice (without the Bad Men), I can’t help but liken her to anti-folk singer/songwriter Emmy the Great in her pre-Lana del Rey days – territory home to super smart lyrics seen within ‘First Love’ and ’24’. And like Emmy the Great, Elle Mary can conjure up a dramatic ending to her this-is-life-as-it-is songs.
There’s something intrinsically Camden Town metropolitan about Emmy the Great – but Elle Mary’s a Welsh lass with arguably a better voice and, judging off what I saw last week, superior guitar skills, too. No reason at all why she can’t have the same success.
28/7 KENDAL CALLING
10/8 LONDON, THE WATER RATS