Ellie Goulding’s ‘Live At The Amoeba San Francisco’
- Article by: Daryl Sanders
- Posted: 12/06/2011
Ellie Goulding’s new EP, Live At The Amoeba San Francisco, is a live recording of the British singer-songwriter’s four-song, in-store performance at the Bay area’s famous independent record store on April 14, 2011.
Accompanied by two members of her band — Chris Ketley and Maxwell Cooke — on guitars, keys and vocals, Goulding performs unplugged versions of three original songs, as well as one cover, from her 2010 release Bright Lights.
After a brief introduction by a staffer from the record store, Goulding launches into a stripped-down arrangement of “Guns and Horses” that is every bit as potent as her studio recording of the song.
The trio follows that with moving renditions of “Lights” and “Starry Eyed,” before introducing “a cover of a song by someone really awesome, one of the best songwriters of all time.” Then Ketley plays the introductory piano chords to “Sir” Elton John’s “Your Song,” and their version featuring expressive vocals by Goulding is a favorite of the in-store audience.
Goulding released this live EP as a special offering through independent record stores on Black Friday, but this is more than a novelty release. On Live At The Amoeba San Francisco, the singer-songwriter shows she is not the product of recording studio trickery — her artistry is both honest and powerful.