The inspiration behind the new single from Guernsey-born singer-songwriter Elliot Albert Orchard is a book called ‘The Shack’; in particular a passage that takes place in a garden. Elliot describes how the flowers can be a metaphor for human emotion. Within the song, he sings "the flowers are delicate, they don't have the lifeline that you and I have".
Alongside, a gentle guitar riff tussles with brooding and atmospheric strings and are joined by a banjo line. Elliot's baritone voice sings of sadness and sorrow and brings to mind ’The National’, and indeed he credits them as an influence.
Elliot previously fronted Elliot Falla and The Blue Valentines. Now solo, his other influences include Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Phoebe Bridgers and these offer a clue to Elliot's sound. Though he very much manages to create something individual. This latest offering, one of his more stripped-back, is a moving and lyrically-deep song in which you feel you are offered permission to unlock the door and join his inner world.
Written by Matt Nicholson