The enigmatic Sydney songwriter ELKI has today shared the official music video for her latest single ‘Nightmare’, a playful song of underwater romantic disaster that came to ELKI one night in her sleep.Directed by Jack Shepard, who has previously worked with the likes of Lime Cordiale and Death Bells, the music video portrays ELKI’s vision for the song, all the while showing off her quirky side with quick and clever choreography. ‘Nightmare’ was recorded with John Castle (Dean Lewis, Vance Joy, Hatchie).
ELKI said, “I wrote a large chunk of ‘Nightmare’ in my sleep and woke up with the opening verse fully formed.” She explains further that writing comes out of daydreaming and switching off the phone, getting into a subconscious state and tuning out. “I think that’s where ‘Nightmare’ came from – my brain looking for a way to express all those pent up ideas. If I haven’t been tweaking a melody, scribbling a lyric, or re-recording a demo, I feel like it’s a day wasted. That’s why I’m a firm believer in turning the technology off and doing your own thing.”
ELKI has already received approving nods from the likes of Stereogum, Indie Shuffle, Pop Justice and countless influential blogs in the US, UK and Europe. Her previous singles ‘Sirens’, ‘Thunder’ and ‘Golden Age’ received heavy airplay on triple j, FBi and regional radio in Australia, as well as being playlisted by Spotify around the world and even earned ELKI spins on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
After selling out her headline show ELKI then toured with Bec Sandridge along the East coast of Australia, and has played shows and festivals with acts such as I know Leopard, Ayla, Wharves, Alexander Biggs and Thelma Plum. To celebrate releasing new music, ELKI will be hitting the road for a few shows, performing a headline show in Marrickville at The Vic on the Park.
Don’t miss your chance to see ELKI live, performing all the new material from her debut EP released next month.