Being on her own is something Dani Elliott knows a thing or two about, and it's the culmination of all of her solo experiences both on the road and off, that coalesce into the creation of her new EP, The Best Part.
Produced by Matt Wigton (Elizabeth and the Catapult) and written solely by Elliott herself, The Best Part, infuses mellow electropop with smooth R&B overtones in a lean and intimate production style that leaves the songstress’ strong yet subtle vocals right at the helm. The Best Part's soft, soulful musicality has earned comparisons to soul- fusion contemporaries Rhye and Jessie Ware, but it’s the grit in her authentic and unfiltered delivery that sets her apart. While Elliott’s effortless blend of genres and the dexterity of her crooning mezzo make her diverse musical history apparent, her songwriting skills are what really showcase the growth and experience of her extensive travels.
“My travels are what I’m most proud of because they remind me that I'm capable of handling a lot,” she admits. “Travel is one of the great loves in my life and it's those trips I've taken on my own, whether it's been moving to New York City (to attend The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music) or a random place on the other side of the world, that have really left the deepest mark on me. Travel has been one of the most defining factors in my life as an artist and person. It can be mentally and physically draining to travel, for work or pleasure, across multiple time zones and continents, on planes, trains and automobiles around large groups of people all emitting different kinds of energies, arriving in a country where you don’t speak the language. You learn to communicate in a whole new way by being immersed in different cultures. You get to meet people from all walks of life and really begin to understand that there is a universal human experience, as cliche as that may sound. I try my best to take each of those experiences home with me and integrate them into my life and subsequently my music.”
It’s that deeply personal yet universal human experience that seems to permeate all of the tracks on The Best Part. Timeworn tales of love and loss, desire and yearning, secrets and truth are all contemplated on Elliott’s new EP, yet experiencing them through her raw, sincere filter throws the gloss off similar pop expectations and allows us to get real.