heart + harp
Infusing playfulness and wonder into the Australian pop music industry, award winning Gold Coast artist ELSKA has redefined the humble harp - marrying the delicate instrument with the power of a loop pedal. Oozing charm with a new brand of breezy soulful pop, ELSKA creates melodic harp-infused pop music designed for daydreaming, road tripping and romance.
ELSKA has just released her glitter-infused music video for her latest single ‘Sweet Girl’ [15.11.19] and has just wrapped performing alongside stellar triple J favourites, Woodes and San Mei this summer. 2019 was a dynamic year for the Gold Coast artist, with standout performances at Adelaide Fringe Festival and the National Folk Festival Canberra; a coveted win at the Gold Coast Music Awards [People’s Choice Winner] along with two additional GCMA nominations [Breakout Artist of the Year; Song of the Year]; and a tour support with Mama Kin Spender. The quirky pop starlet also clocked up further performances at Space Girls Festival; BLEACH* Festival'; Surfers Paradise LIVE; Australian Music Week; Caloundra Music Festival; XXI Commonwealth Games; and the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.
Launching herself on the world, is not something ELSKA has taken a backseat to. Over the past 2 years, ELSKA has recorded in the UK with prominent British producer Dan Swift [Passenger, Snow Patrol]; wrote, produced and released her short music documentary titled, 'Heart + Harp'; crafted a unique Library Tour (yep music in libraries!); and was even invited to speak at an official TEDx talk - all before releasing her debut single 'Boy'. Recorded at Brighton Electric Studios UK, 'Boy' is a spritely pop number about the joys of finding love in an unconventional and unexpected way; and served as a delightful lead in to the release of ELSKA's second sassy single, 'Goin' Down' (released February 8th.)
In 2018, ELSKA was selected as a RADF 'Activate Music' grant recipient, with the grant funding the creation of ELSKA's short music doco, 'Heart + Harp'. The documentary takes an intimate look into the story of ELSKA, and was officially selected and screened at both the 2018 Australian Music Week Film Festival, and the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.
ELSKA has also gone on to launch her own interview-style podcast called, 'Her Creative Hustle' . Celebrating the honest stories of creative artistic women hustling hard in the pursuit of their own creative 9-to-5, ELSKA recorded in front of a live audience at the 2019 National Folk Festival Canberra - interviewing world-renowned folk artist Irish Mythen, and cosmic-country songstress Freya-Josephine Hollick.
A true surprise package, ELSKA lures you in with her creative use of live harp and vocal looping entwined within her playful brand of pop. Her engaging live performance sparks wonder and intrigue, and redefines the boundaries of her once-classical instrument. ELSKA is changing the way we perceive the harp and is proving that anything is possible in the world of pop music.
Boundless. Fascinating. Honest. Feel-good. ELSKA is for the curious romantics.