New single “Hiatus” Out Now

Eleanor VS. releases new song “Hiatus”, the first single from her upcoming album.

This latest offering nonchalantly unveils an arrival at a hard truth – one of knowing when to let go. “I wrote this song out of exhaustion – of propping up, believing. Sometimes love is about letting go and acceptance, and often it’s not easy, but necessary.”

Featuring acoustic guitar and flute, the stripped-back production and intense yet muted arrangement warmly uphold a soft and sweet melody.

As well as English, Eleanor has released the Spanish equivalent “Pausa”, which is her first venture in the language. “I’ve wanted to release music in Spanish for a while now, and it’s a very passionate, expressive language, especially when sung. This song is very emotionally charged, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to translate it.”

“Hiatus” and “Pausa” are now available to download at Bandcamp.

Nuevo sencillo “Pausa” ya a la venta

Eleanor VS. lanza su nueva canción “Pausa”, el primer sencillo de su próximo álbum.

Esta última canción desvela despreocupadamente una llegada a la cruda verdad: especificamente, saber cuándo marcharse. “Escribí esta canción cuando estaba agotada; agotada de intentar rescatar la situación, de seguir creyendo. A veces amar significa dejarlo ir, aceptar, y muchas veces eso no es fácil, sino necesario.”

Con guitarra acústica y flauta, la producción sencilla y arreglo intenso pero apagado apoyan una suave y dulce melodía.

Siendo “Pausa” su primera canción en espáñol, Eleanor también ha sacado el equivalente inglés “Hiatus”. “Originalmente, escribí la canción en inglés, pero siempre he querido sacar música en español. Esta canción tiene mucha emoción así que me pareció una oportunidad perfecta para traducirla –creo que español es una lengua muy apasionada y expresiva, y más cuando se canta.”

“Pausa” y “Hiatus” están disponibles para descargar en Bandcamp.

Oh, What’s Occurring? – Basics, Blessings and Biro

Last time I wrote I told you about my new adventure learning the viola and violin this year, so I thought I’d let you know how that’s going.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but although I began learning the guitar at 9 years old and I definitely consider it my first proper instrument, apart from my voice – I actually first had piano lessons for a year when I was 7. So I began learning to read music at that time. But later on I didn’t want to continue with lessons, so I just never really read music after that, and since then I’ve always played by ear. The reason I’m telling you this, is because I figured that since I might wanna actually, you know, communicate with other violinists and other players of bowed instruments (it might be helpful, I don’t know) I should probably brush up on my theory. So I did! I’ve played around and written some small quartet arrangements for practice, which has been cool being able to actually see some of my music ideas. And they haven’t sounded too bad either!

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Oh, ¿qué sucede? – Lo básico, bendiciones y bolígrafo

La última vez que os escribí hablaba de mi nueva aventura aprendiendo a tocar la viola y el violín este año, así que os pongo al tanto de qué tal me va.

No sé si alguna vez lo he mencionado, pero aunque empecé a aprender la guitarra con 9 años -y definitivamente la considero como mi primer instrumento de verdad (a parte de mi voz por supuesto)- de hecho tomé lecciones de piano durante un año cuando tenía 7. Así que empecé a aprender a leer música entonces. Pero más tarde no quería seguir con las lecciones, y no seguía leyendo música después -desde entonces siempre he tocado de oído. La razón por la que te cuento todo esto, es porque pensé que, como quizás voy a querer algún día, no sé, comunicarme con otros violinistas y tocadores de otros instrumentos de cuerda frotada (podría ser útil, no lo sé), probablemente debería repasar la teoría. ¡Y lo hice! He experimentado y compuesto unos pequeños arreglos para un cuarteto de cuerdas, para practicar, y ha sido genial poder ver mis ideas… ¡y tampoco suenan mal!

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Oh, What’s Occurring? – Dead Poets, Fiddles and Goods Giving

Hello!

Summer has come and gone, but I’m still here so that’s all that should matter to you in this world when you think about it.

The last time I wrote, I was going on about how in the past I’ve had a hard time giving myself credit for trying. Well I must be completely cured, because I don’t even know what that feels like any more and am seriously struggling right now to identify with what I was even talking about. Crazy. So with that mess gone (for good I hope), some new things have come into my life.

William Shakespeare! Yeah, yeah, we studied him in school, but that doesn’t count. Sorry to offend you my former English teachers, but it doesn’t. Read more

Oh, ¿qué sucede? – Poetas muertos, violines y cumpliendo con lo prometido

¡Hola!

El verano se ha llegado y se ha ido, pero yo sigo aquí, así que eso es lo único que te debería importar en este mundo, cuando lo piensas.

La última vez que os escribí, hablaba de cómo en el pasado me ha costado mucho reconocer mis esfuerzos. Pues, debo de estar totalmente curada ya que ni recuerdo cómo se siente eso, y la verdad es que ahora me cuesta mucho identificarme con lo que estaba explicando. Qué locura. Así que con ese desastre en el retrovisor (ojalá para siempre), hay algunas nuevas cosas en mi vida.

¡William Shakespeare! Sí, ya lo sé, lo estudiamos en el colegio, pero eso no cuenta. Siento ofender a mis ex profesores de inglés, pero no cuenta. Read more

New Single ‘TV’ Out Now

Eleanor VS. is back with her latest single ‘TV’. Recorded early in 2019, ‘TV’ marks her first release since her first project Passivity in 2014, and as something different, yet totally typical of Eleanor, it does not disappoint.

“I’m pleased to share with you my new song ‘TV’. When I was younger, watching television was meant to only be bad for you, but, like film, it’s come to be an art form that I admire, and so this is my tribute. Here’s to square eyes!”

Download and stream ‘TV’ at Bandcamp.

Nuevo single ‘TV’ ya a la venta

Eleanor VS. está de vuelta con su nuevo single ‘TV’. Grabado a inicios de 2019, ‘TV’ es su primera canción desde el proyecto Passivity en 2014, y como algo diferente pero totalmente típico de Eleanor, no decepciona.

“Me alegra poder compartir mi nueva canción ‘TV’. Cuando era más joven, se suponía que mirar televisión sólo era malo para ti, pero, como el cine, ha venido a ser una forma de arte que respeto, así que esto es mi homenaje. ¡Por quedar con los ojos cuadrados!”

Descargar y escuchar ‘TV’ en Bandcamp.

2019 Goals: Revisited

Just a quick follow-up on the goal that I shared with you at the start of the year. I said that I wanted to focus more on simply trying and more importantly, being proud of my efforts.

I can tell you that as soon as I made this conscious decision, I felt a huge weight lifted as I stopped calculating the results that my efforts would bring, in favour of realizing how great it was that I was even attempting certain things in the first place. A few weeks in, I struggled a little bit to remember this new way of thinking, which I’m not surprised at, seeing as I know how much of a workaholic I am and how critical I am of myself. But I’m persevering with it, and it’s really brought me more peace and contentment.

So as I continue with this, there are some things that have stood out to me. Things we mostly know to be true, or have heard before, but maybe don’t appreciate the value of. And besides, it generally doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of things that give us motivation and encouragement.

  1. It’s so important to surround yourself with positive influences. Whether that be the company you physically keep, the music you listen to, the books you read – or someone you know of who inspires you. Whatever it is that gives you a sense of purpose or the belief that you are on the right track. Keep those things around you, think about them often, because everybody faces obstacles and struggles, and these positive influences can be the difference between giving up and seeing the fruits of your labour.
  2. Something is better than nothing. Do you want to learn a new skill, language, musical instrument? Are you trying to improve your fitness or eat better? Sometimes these things can be overwhelming, especially when you are already busy enough as it is. For the past few years, I’ve been an advocate of including just 10 minutes or 30 minutes of the new activity into my daily or weekly routine. Or making one small change at a time. It may seem like nothing, but all those little periods of time and all those little changes add up, and you will be a lot farther ahead and closer to your goal than if you do nothing at all.
  3. Start anywhere. What are you waiting for?

I don’t know if any of that was helpful or not, but I just want to encourage you to keep going, keep striving, and be proud of all your efforts, even if you feel far away from your ultimate target. Everything could change tomorrow – and that would be great! – but also remember the power in the fact that you can influence tomorrow by influencing what happens today.

Love and well wishes,

EVS xo

BRISTOL

Thursday 14th February, 7:45 PM – Viva La Mexicana, Bedminster

I will be the soundtrack to your Valentine’s evening at Viva La Mexicana, singing songs like the one below – in English and Spanish. Be sure not to miss it, or the tasty authentic Mexican food!

2019 Goals

 

What are some of your goals for this year?

One of mine is to simply try, and more importantly to be proud of my attempts. I’m generally quite hard on myself, but I can’t really criticize myself if I KNOW that I absolutely did my best.

Any tips? Anything new that you’ve decided to implement?