Sophie has never been as big, famous of or as driven as she was during her debut era. In many ways she’s been her own worst enemy.Cactuar wrote:She’s on a whole different level from Beverley Knight! I see no reason why she can’t be driven like Kylie or Madonna. She’s been such a unique and rewarding pop star.
But we already know that the next album is heavier on the electronic side.Sophie Ellis-Bextor might be releasing a greatest hits album to mark her 21st year in industry, but she’s still intent on making new music.
The Murder on the Dancefloor singer, 39, said she’s already got an idea for her next album of new material, and is keen to go in a different direction after releasing the orchestral version of her greatest hits this autumn.
“At the moment I’m just following my nose. I’ve got an idea for the next album and that’s about as far as I can see,” she told the Standard.
“I think you tend to go in one direction and then you have the gut feeling to do the opposite for the next thing.”
Ellis-Bextor’s last album, 2016’s Familia, was Latin American-inspired while 2014’s Wanderlust had elements of folk and baroque music.
As soon as I start feeling like something’s got a bit comfortable I think ‘right let’s pull the rug out.’ That’s why the orchestra thing appeals as well. It’s time to try something a bit different,” she said.
“I think the main thing is just wanting to do stuff that makes me happy and remaining in love with making music – that hasn’t shifted at all.”
Ellis-Bextor is married to the Feeling bassist Richard Jones and the couple have four sons.
“I think because I have a family and I’ve got young children and that comes with all the chaos and demands of family life, I think it’s made me a little bit selfish with my music – it’s given me a place that’s for me,” she said.
But before she starts working on her new sound, the British singer will perform the best of her old work at the Royal Festival Hall in October.
“I’m approaching the 21st anniversary of when I had my first deal and I thought well doing a traditional greatest hits, for me, there was no point, but doing something where you can slightly push and pull the chords in a different direction, that really appeals,” she said.
Ellis-Bextor, who released her debut solo album, Read My Lips, in 2001, said she is a better performer than she was as she’s more herself on stage.
“When I was younger I used to have more of a stage persona, whereas I think the more I’ve done and the more comfortable and confident I’ve got the more I feel like the gap between who I really am and how I perform has got smaller,” she said.
“I take my job as entertainer very seriously, in that I want everybody to have a good time but I also know that people take their lead from me so my job is to put everybody at ease.”
Her next album after the Orchestral album is more electronic. It is with Ed again, but you might like the new sound. She planned to do 3 albums with Ed, so...Westen wrote:I can't wait for her to move on from Ed....
I hate his production, i don't care if it's electro or not. She also promised a more latin/dance sound for Familia and we got THAT.SaintKing wrote:Her next album after the Orchestral album is more electronic. It is with Ed again, but you might like the new sound. She planned to do 3 albums with Ed, so...Westen wrote:I can't wait for her to move on from Ed....
Also, if its any consolation, Biffco is working on the Orchestral album. He's involved in the Love Is You cover.
Bazmedia wrote:Greatest Hits? Wha? I could count them on 1 hand - Heartbreak ( Make Me A Dancer ) is still a bop
Well, if my guess is right, Murder will be out right before the album. It’s the song she is most known for. Maybe the orchestral version will help push a few more copies of the album if it’s released the week before the album..Benjamin wrote:I like the new version 'Take Me Home'. I agree with SaintKing that she sounds very good on it.I can't wait to hear the other songs from this project, especially 'Murder'.