Sophie Ellis Bextor may have narrowly lost out on the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy but when it comes to music, she’s on a winning streak. After a three year break to concentrate on being a full time mum to her three kids, she’s back with new album Wanderlust – a very different sound to her other albums.
At an intimate gig at Annabel’s nightclub in London to celebrate the album getting into the top 10, I expected disco fillers like her most famous track, Murder on the Dancefloor. What she gave us, however, was using her voice as an instrument that reflected the movement of her band and there was a classic / folk sounding vibe. After the gig, Sophie said part of her influence was Russian folk music, which sounds really quirky, but she’s been able to do it as this album is her first with a smaller label (her others were with Polydor). Also, having been in the business since 2001, she feels like she finally knows what she wants. She played us the next single from the album, Runaway Dreamer, which will be released in March. It’s very chintzy, with a heavy drum beat and a slow ballad rather than an upbeat dance track, so it’s really different. It’s what you’d listen to while having friends over for a drink and a chat rather than getting ready to go out. It was impressive how she could re-invent herself.
But just because she’s been in the business for a while it’s no excuse to get lazy with her stage outfits and she looked lovely in a mini dress.
Toned after Strictly, Sophie has a fantastic pair of legs and she dressed to show them off. She suits skater style dresses and tea dresses, which she wears a lot, but in her wardrobe she has some that are more night-time and some that are more day. For example, a floral print or a plain colour for day and them something with sequins or a bold print, always worn with fabulous heels. I love her silver ones, they’re a bit like the Teatro Tilly open toe glitter platform court shoes from Very.
Do you have the album yet? My other favourite tunes were Love is a Camera (very reflective) and Cry To The Beat of The Band, where she had a lot of support from true folk backing singers. If you don’t have it, it’s worth a listen.
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