Ellie Goulding says her forthcoming record is almost finished.
Goulding hasn’t shared new music with us for a minute. Since 2012’s Halcyon to be exact, home to her monstrous “Anything Could Happen” and “I Need Your Love” featuring Calvin Harris singles. She’s remained relevant in music anyhow, finding major recent success with “Love Me like You Do” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, “Beating Heart” from the Divergent franchise, her Skrillex collaboration titled “Powerful,” another with Calvin Harris on “Outside” and, according to Sam Smith, is up for singing the new James Bond theme.
While her one-off singles became some of radio’s most oversaturated tunes, it bought Goulding some time to record a new studio record, and we’re not far away from its impending release. She tells Billboard it’s almost finished, and out later this year.
You’re currently working in London on your forthcoming third studio album. Given how hyper energetic your live performances are, is it a struggle to get the same level of passion and intensity when working in the recording studio?
It’s a complete contrast. Onstage is just so energetic and then in the studio a lot of it is brain power because I really want to say what I feel. When I’m in the studio I can always tell if I haven’t really made an effort on something or put enough emotion in something as I should have. So it never ends up being good enough for me if I know I haven’t put enough emotional detail into it. It just so happens that I’m writing with someone at the moment — we’re two girls that obviously over think a lot. When we get together we both think the same way and I feel like we come from the same universe. We’ll just sit there and just think and think and think and nothing ever comes easily. Then all of sudden we’ll get to a lyric and go: ‘Oh, my God. That’s it!’ And you just know and get a connection. It’s rare to find a songwriter like that, so I feel quite privileged to work with her really. She is called Laleh and she was recently taken on by Max Martin. She is an incredible artist in her own right and we have a really great connection.
Can you talk about what direction the new album is going in?
I don’t really know why this word seems appropriate but it’s definitely bigger. Whether that means it’s more adventurous, or a bit more ambitious, or a bit more daring, I don’t know. But I’m certainly taking on something a lot bigger than I have before and sonically it’s a lot bigger. I feel like there were maybe certain restrictions on the last album. But I’m at a point now with this album where it’s just taken on a new life now of its own and I can’t stop it. So that album is coming out and what people make of it I don’t know, but it is coming. It’s nearly finished and it will be out this year. Even if it’s out on 30 December, which is my birthday, it will be out this year.
In addition to Laleh, who else are you writing with on the album?
I’ve worked with Diplo. I’ve worked with producers that I have known for years – Jim Eliot from my last album. I love working with him. I thought the stuff that we did together was something really special, so I had a ‘you don’t fix what isn’t broken kind of attitude.’ He’s just wonderful and I got to go back to my home town [Hereford], which helps the writing process a lot. But then also I’ve been adopted into the Max Martin camp and I love them all dearly.
Read her full interview with Billboard here.