During a decade of touring with Crystal Fighters, Eleanor K was a big part of their inclusive, celebratory sound as they rose from a warehouse in east London to playing some of the world’s biggest festivals and arenas. She recently took the first step towards releasing her debut solo album ‘Everytime’s The Last Time’ by sharing its first single ‘All In’, which starred Jack Fox in the video. The song’s dark-hued, introspective emotions were a world apart from the feelgood vibes of Crystal Fighters, but it made for a compelling single which earned tastemaker support from Wonderland, Noctis and more.
Now Eleanor K continues to explore her story – crisis, self-analysis and an eventual rebirth – by sharing ‘The Panic’s Over’, the second song to preview the album. Listen HERE.
‘The Panic’s Over’ is a song that starts feeling firmly in the singer-songwriter tradition, her hushed vocal delicately admitting, “I’d like to think that I could love myself / But I don’t even like myself.” But each additional layer adds something creatively unconventional – from multi-layered choral harmonies that take on a celestial air to a ruptured clash of searing guitar and striking beats that underlines its inner angst, before it fades away just as beautifully as it emerged.
‘“The Panic’s Over’ is about spending years trying to control things that can’t be controlled,” says Eleanor K. “It was a self- fulfilling prophecy that I had become rather attached to: Romanticising bad and inefficient aspects of my life, self-loathing, anorexia, pushing everyone away and then being sad when no one was there.”
Entirely self-written and produced, given the subject ‘The Panic’s Over’ has understandably taken time to come to light. The idea first emerged in Glendale, Los Angeles back in 2017 and it has evolved wherever Eleanor K has travelled since. She was living the life she is singing about in the song: doing things her own way, rejecting any offers of support, and struggling with bursts of anxiety. The place she was staying in probably didn’t help either, an eccentrically decorated building with car parts hanging out of the walls and spaceships decorating the kitchen.