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If you’re not already familiar with Ellie Goulding, you should be. She’s already a [bloody] smash in England, following in the footsteps of Adele and Jessie J. At only 24 years old, the English native has amassed a giant congregation of worshippers at the altar of her sharp, swirling songs that totally put to bed that tired old “dance music isn’t smart music” refrain. It’s a sophisticated, highly developed sound, thick with references to a refined discography and musical palate (think Alison Goldfrapp, Bat For Lashes, or Postal Service).
Songs like “Under The Sheets,” “Starry Eyed” and her cover of Elton John‘s “Your Song” have made her a superstar aboard, and it’s not hard to hear why. She’s already opened for Passion Pit, and her debut album, Lights, already topped the UK chart. A version of the album called Bright Lights, cut for us silly Americans, is available on iTunes, and her recent performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” garnered a load of buzz.