"An enthralling new talent” - Clash magazine
Ellis May, a rising solo artist hailing from Copenhagen, is the alter ego of singer, composer, producer and sound designer Sophia Maj.
Her songs are hyper-realism written in melodic basslines, somehow out of genres and woven together with layers of sampled piano, drum machines, dreamy choir-scapes, gloomy synthesizers and immense vocal depth.
Uncovering her own sound meant that May had to educate herself as a songwriter, performer and a producer, as well as unlearn techniques she had previously relied on. She decided to study Sound Design at the National Filmschool of Denmark - and that way liberating her expression, while keeping the process pure and very personal. In her own words: "To actualize the songs authenticity, I didnt want to be a singer singing, I wanted to be a woman singing”.
The Line of Best Fit recently premiered Ellis May´s first Soundcloud single “Old Love” and stated: “This feels like an artist with an old soul, reframing the ancient and sepia-toned via an expansive digital world”.
Clash Magazine followed up and said: "there's an astonishing exactness to her work, the ripples of noise conjuring beatific visions”
- while JaJaJa was equally excited: "Old Love’, although a debut effort, displays deep rooted wisdom and majestic musicality, as Ellis May’s voice hovers above the off-kilter melody, as rich as it is deep, and as delicate as a plume of smoke"
The Line Of Best Fit on single "Surrender": "The track buzzes with an energy yet to be unleashed or channeled. Over low bass and the insistent tap-tap-tap of synth pulses, Ellis May switches between a bewitching croon and a high,whistling falsetto like a piercing wind chilling the bones atop a barren hill. "Surrender" may be about accepting love, but it doesn't mean Ellis May is moving completely away from an enticing darkness.”
While working on more material for an official release, Ellis May is performing as a duo outfit, with Sophia Maj on keys, beats, samples and vocals - and guitars and vocals by Hans Martin.