For fans of Jade Bird and Neko Case comes the folk singer-songwriter Elyssa Vulpes with her debut album Holding On, Letting Go.
After learning to confront her own fears and anxieties – including stage fright – by her day job as a hypnotherapist and through writing and performing music, Elyssa aims to inspire others to release their ‘scorpion energy’ – confronting fears by shedding the negative skin from themselves.
Originally from Italy but spending time in New Zealand and now residing in Edinburgh, Elyssa offers a modern take on traditional folk sounds whereby she combines acoustic guitar and upbeat folk melodies with elements of indie-pop and Americana.
Lyrically, there are recurring themes of life’s sufferings but also hope and transformation which is perfectly encapsulated in tracks like Front Line: a track that concentrates on overcoming pain and turning it into something positive.
Following her philosophy that ‘without meaning, there is no art’, Elyssa creates a sense of connection to a bigger community in her music, one that isn’t afraid to delve into uncomfortable emotions and find their way through it. With her upbeat instrumentals and lyrics of empowerment, Elyssa creates the wholesome feeling of content that typically comes with folk music.