Charlotte Grace Victoria, known professionally as ELIO, is not only releasing stunning bedroom pop, she is also Charli XCX approved – the seal of approval any underground artist would want.
Thursday evening saw the release of the highly anticipated sophomore EP, titled ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ from Welsh-born but Canada-raised ELIO. After a premiere of ‘CHARGER’ (a track previously teased on Twitter) on Beats 1, ELIO dropped the seven-track EP instantly and was met with praise all across the web.
‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ follows the same style as ELIO’s first EP, titled ‘u and me, but mostly me both’ sonically and in length, along with every track being either solely or co-produced by ELIO. ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ is only a seven-track release and, every track is a stand-out track. Opening the EP ‘Jackie Onassis’, released as the lead single in September 2020, is a song about teenage romance, reminiscent of many teen romance movie storylines, but with a tune that will get stuck in your head.
Combining alluring pop with dreamy vocals on tracks ‘Come Round’ and ‘@elio.irl’, both sound straight from a Clairo release, and ’CHARGER’, which has a catchy chorus and electro-pop beat, has already been given the green light for a remix from pop tastemaker Charli XCX herself, tweeting to her three-million followers “Might be working on a lil remix of this song as we speak”.
‘When U Saw Love’ is a certified club banger, with a chorus full of synths and chopped vocal bridge towards the end of the track, transporting the listener to a happier place. ’Fabric’, the EPs closing track, is unbelievably soothing and peaceful and a perfect finish to a polished pop project. With crisp and heavenly vocals over an acoustic guitar strumming, ‘Fabric’ is a solid reminder that ELIO is here to stay.