Southend songwriter Ellie Bleach will release her debut EP, No Elegant Way To Sell Out, on October 6 through Sad Club Records. The five-track release will feature previous gem “Doing Really Well Thanks” and we’ve now got a second taster in the form of new single “Big Strong Man”. Bleach says:
“‘Big Strong Man’ is my most sincere song of my releases. It’s about the divine relief of admitting defeat. On the surface level it’s quite a bitter song, but I like to think there’s a kind of optimistic nihilism to it. It’s saying, ‘okay, whatever. I give up. You carry on being a tortured genius. See you around.’”
A mini tour-de-force of all the rising talent’s abilities and personality, “Big Strong Man: begins with Bleach on clanging piano (an instrument she was taught to play in her youth by a faith hearer). It’s a dreary-sounding opening, as if Bleach is downhearted, but she’s still full of barbs – “how thrilling it must be to have money but no taste”, she spits. Emboldened by drums and added instrumentation, the song lifts off into a showtune-like display of Bleach’s voice and lyricism, as she beautifully mocks the aspects of the titular “Big Strong Man”, lording her intelligence, wit and inner-resolve over this snivelling character. The tune turns to a break down, where Bleach makes meta-commentary about the middle eight, then resolves in a bombastic finale where the singer repeats “I’ll never be good enough” – but with a tongue-in-cheek doo-wop backing that makes it clear that she never wants to be anywhere near anyone like this “Big Strong Man” ever again.