Underneath the low-key lilt of the instrumentation and the sweetness of Eloïse‘s voice there is a bite. You have to listen for it, but it’s there in the cleverness of the lyrics and the swell of the held notes. “Will you marry me? / Marie Antoinette me? / As long as the cake is rich of course,” she sings, and the undertones of irony peek through. The electronic sounds are layered, but the real focus here is Eloïse’s voice, which soars and glides, pulling focus and running with it.
Throughout the clip for the track, Eloïse stares into the camera: sometimes deadpan, sometimes with tragedy in her eyes. Each scene is domestic — sitting on a bed in a wedding veil, doing the dishes in pink gloves while fondling a knife, and all while in a timelessly decorated set. The critique may not be subtle, but perhaps the time for subtlety has passed.
Marie Antoinette is from Eloïse’s debut EP, and she will be celebrating the release on August 23rd at Paper Street Vintage in London, England. You can hear more from Eloïse at her website, Soundcloud, and Facebook pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.