Before I start writing the premiere for folk singer-songwriter Elliot Albert Orchard, I have to speculate out loud that his name is too perfect and pleasant to be totally genuine. He’s definitely changed it legally from something like Bob Robinson. Anyhow, we aren’t here to bask in the glory that is Elliot’s beautiful moniker. Oh no! We are here to introduce you to his intimate debut single, Don’t Wanna Be Here Alone.
This effort from the Guernsey-born talent launches straight away with deep vocals akin to Nick Cave. A compliment that speaks for itself, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s that bold, I honestly feel like he’s unlocked a different level of puberty and I’m just a mere boy, waiting for my proper voice to kick in. I’ll stop making jokes now as Don’t Wanna Be Here Alone is a genuine thing of beauty, transparency and honesty that deserves a more thoughtful write-up.
According to the press release, the song “epitomises Elliot’s 2020 writing, drawing heavily on his own life experiences and those of his peers combined with soundbites from a character in a TV drama that resonated strongly with him”. God damn! If there’s not a character in some form of media you can point to as someone who you feel could have been written based on you, you’re dead inside. I’m sat here wondering who it could be. However, I think it’s an oddly private thing, and I find myself not wanting to know for fear of breaching some kind of connection. I know I have my own, and it exposes a type of vulnerability, a feeling that Elliot has transferred to paper perfectly.
Don’t Wanna Be Here Alone is out tomorrow. Listen to it now on Independent Music News.