Forever heartfelt and extraordinarily sincere, Melbourne alt-pop artistÂ Ellery CohenÂ has continued his impressive rise to the top, pairing vulnerability with admirable earnestness on new trackÂ Demons, which officially releases today. As captivating and catchy as it is effective,Â DemonsÂ is another victorious step inÂ Elleryâ€™sÂ majestic career, serving as his first new single for the year, and arriving alongside a resonant video clip which contextualises the trackâ€™s message of facing the inner turmoils of life head-on.
Bathed in the nostalgic sheen of retro-inspired synths, and bolstered byÂ Elleryâ€™sÂ syrupy smooth vocals,Â DemonsÂ is a standout moment for the Melbourne artist, showcasing a powerful and relatable message after some difficult years, while underlining his electric artistry that makes him stand out from the rest. With a compelling songwriting style reminiscent of musical icons John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and an enveloping approach to sonics that evokes names such as Ben Rector and OneRepublicâ€™s Ryan Tedder,Â DemonsÂ is a triumphant undertaking forÂ Ellery, who has emerged from the â€œhell on earthâ€ of Melbourneâ€™s COVID lockdowns with not only a newfound approach to life, but to his music as well. AsÂ Ellery explains,Â â€œDemons is a step above what I’ve released before, both musically and lyrically, and itâ€™s more vulnerableÂ than anything Iâ€™ve done previously.Â It’s a song about accepting the things in life we can’t change. We all face struggles and battle addictions and we wanted to write a song about there being comfort in knowing that all humans struggle and although we are different, we are all the same.â€Â Working on the track over a lengthy period of time, the composition ofÂ DemonsÂ was aided by the talents of No Frills Twinsâ€™ Arna and Vanessa Rogers, before harnessing the talents of ENTENTEâ€™s Ezekiel Fenn and Michael Best in the studio. AsÂ ElleryÂ recalls, â€œI wrote this song in three sections.Â I flew up and had a writing session with Arna and Vanessa of the No Frill Twins and we wrote part of the song, and I finished off part of the Zoom session with Vanessa, beforeÂ finalisingÂ the song with my producers in the studio.Â I worked with my friends Michael & Zeke in ENTENTE who have produced my last few singles and they smashed this one too.â€
The stunning video forÂ DemonsÂ serves as a masterful contextualisation of the trackâ€™s heartfelt message. Harnessing the directorial talents of Clique Filmsâ€™ producer-turned-filmmaker Daniel Kelaart (The Paper Kites, Simple Plan, Guy Sebastian),Â ElleryÂ and the team worked over three nights to craft a clip that fully realises his vision, fusing intimate performance footage with shots of two people who are urged not to lose faith as they await the sunshine after the rain. AsÂ ElleryÂ elaborates, â€œWe really wanted a video that showed the message of the song. Demons is all about the struggles we all face in life. The video follows the stories of two people just trying to work through their â€˜demonsâ€™ in life. One is a lady trying desperately to be in a body she loves and the other is someone who is working a job he hates and hoping to get away. I wanted to make a video that hits emotions that we have all experienced in life.â€
Having first emerged onto Melbourneâ€™s diverse music scene close to a decade ago, ElleryÂ CohenÂ has continued to push the boundaries of artistry at every opportunity, crafting anthemic choruses that allow an accessible and relatable insight into the human condition. With a remarkable run of singles appearing throughout 2018 and 2020, and garnering support from the likes of Hit Network, KIIS Network, and Southern Cross Austereo, his gathering momentum was temporarily halted asÂ ElleryÂ was forced inside as part of the worldâ€™s most stringent lockdown. However, armed with a history of using music therapy in his line of disability support service work, creativity served as a much-needed saviour, with new music bubbling away all the while, resulting in the likes of 2021â€™sÂ WaitingÂ and the newly-releasedÂ Demons. With new music under his belt and the Australian music scene looking far more positive than it has in recent years,Â ElleryÂ is set to return to the stage in his native Melbourne at The Toff In Town on July 22 with good friends Kodah and Sarah Kabbani. Eager to share the likes ofÂ DemonsÂ before an adoring crowd, and to get back into the groove of providing raw and powerful live performances,Â ElleryÂ says heâ€™s planning to ensure his upcoming show is one to remember. â€œYou can expect new songs, high energy, and some very, very bad jokes,â€ he quips.
DemonsÂ is out now
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