“Won’t you please make room in your Scandipop-loving heart for Sweden’s Ellen Krauss? The 19-year-old’s bold vocals reach impressive heights on “Bali,” an escapist bop about wanting to take another woman on a hot vacation. One day!” – Billboard
“Listening to “Bali” by Ellen Krauss will inevitably take you to a warm and luxurious place. Allow yourself to feel fun and flirty. Let your mind drift away to imagine a romantic, summertime vacation in the tropics. I think we can all appreciate longing to be somewhere other than within the confines of our quarantines.” – Ones To Watch
“Ellen Krauss’ music is pure class, with an edge of youth that is the spark igniting those themes some would rather not tackle. With her sights set on a summer release for her next EP, Krauss is offering us a daring composition that is absorbed into the indie-pop nucleus, enriching it, and ultimately helping it exert its influence on the mainstream all while we ritualistically dance to its expanding sounds.” – Earmilk
“The songwriter is just 19 years old, yet already she’s gained plaudits throughout the pop world. Sought after in her native Stockholm, her debut EP ‘First Take’ went viral on its release in November. New single ‘Bali’ is a confident, sophisticated step forwards, with Ellen matching her pristine vocal to a super-steamy lyric. A song about a date and going for what you want, ‘Bali’ is the sound of a fantasy being realised.” – CLASH
“’Silver Spoon’ is a track that stargazes, and the soaring feeling of the instrumentals could fill up a night’s sky with warmth.” – GIGWISE
Following on from the release of her heavily praised singles ‘Bali’, ‘No Talk’ and ‘Silver Spoon’ over the last few months, fast-rising Swedish pop star Ellen Krauss has now delivered her eagerly-awaited new EP ‘Pearl’ through Tiller Inc. licensed to BMG Recorded Music.
Featuring her previously shared offerings as well as the newly unveiled lead single ‘New York’ and the previously unheard cut ‘Often’, ‘Pearl’ sets itself as a wonderfully bright and forward-thinking slice of alt-pop brilliance. Capping off her latest collection, ‘New York’ sees the singer in a far more stripped-back guise, yet still fills this final release with her usual dose of light and upbeat musical beauty.
Speaking about ‘New York’, Ellen says, “‘New York’ is about dreaming and following your passion. The song is quite cocky, but that’s okay. It’s alright to be proud and think big sometimes.”
While adding about ‘Often’, “‘Often’ is about that moment when you meet someone and all you wanna do is just run away with them. Take a shot and go home together. Maybe even discover something new and unexpected.”
“Pearl” is my treasure that I have been working on for a long time” explains Ellen. “It is a collection of songs that are warm to my heart, written during both good and bad moments in my life. I’ve been carrying the music with me for a long time and I’ve been looking forward to sharing them, so it feels good that it’s finally time!”
‘Pearl’ is the long-awaited follow-up to her highly-acclaimed debut EP, ‘First Take’ in November last year, which has already amassed over 15 million streams. The EP release followed a run of singles, including ‘Let Me Have it’, ‘Criminal To Love’, ‘On The Bus’ and ‘The One I Love’, which picked up acclaim from tastemakers like CLASH, Indie Shuffle, 1883 Magazine, Fault Magazine, When The Horn Blows, London In Stereo, Variance Magazine and many more. Last year, Ellen also made her TV debut on Sweden’s SVT, and recently wrapped up a tour with Miriam Bryant, playing 16 shows across Sweden (800 – 6500 capacity venues).
At just 19 years old, Ellen Krauss has already received praise from some of the world’s biggest musical icons, such as super producer Max Martin and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, and been awarded the Rookie Artist of the Year at the Denniz Pop Awards in Sweden, as voted for by a panel including pop sensations Tove Lo and Laleh. Her debut single and LGBTQ acceptance anthem, ‘The One I Love,’ has racked up over 7 million total global streams since its release last year, and was added to over 1,500 playlists, including Spotify’s New Music Friday (Sweden).
Entirely self-taught, Ellen has been flexing her musical skills since the age of four, and she spent most of her youth writing songs in her bedroom in Stockholm, or in South Africa where her family occasionally lived. Inspired by a diverse group of artists such as Ed Sheeran, King Princess, Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen, her music is also imbued with the rebellious spirit of youth. She is outspoken about LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and pushes back against the traditional social structures that a young girl should fit into. It all manifests in her charismatic, playful and thoughtful songwriting. “I want to look at what makes us similar,” Ellen says about her music, “and try and bring people together.”
Keep up with Ellen on her socials for more music, touring updates, and additional exciting news to be announced.
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