Track of the Day: Elana Stone “Permanent Limbo” (2020)

Our track of the day is “Permanent Limbo” an electronic dance-pop tune from chameleon singer/songwriter Elana Stone. This is the first solo release for Stone since her 2015 EP Kintsugi. She has been busy in the meantime, as part of the quartet All Our Exes Live in Texas touring the globe, selling out concerts at home and abroad and winning Aria awards.  Stone has also been busy touring as a backup vocalist, percussionist, and playing keyboards and the accordion with Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio.

“Permanent Limbo” is a reflection on the uncertainty and sacrifices that musicians make in the pursuit of their art. Stone references the loss of a relationship and what could have been “if I wasn’t married to the sound”. Difficult decisions and compromises are made as a matter of course in the pursuit of their musical dreams. Despite this, it’s a hell of a dance tune, showcasing the strength of her voice and demonstrates that a song with sad sentiments can have an upbeat vibe. Hooray to that.

It’s not just about the end of a relationship. Stone explains how it can be interpreted more broadly: “I am so excited about this release because it’s fun and danceable but it has its roots in a story of love and loss. It was cathartic to write and it will be cathartic to release and share during this moment of historic uncertainty. It is essentially a danceable electronic pop anthem to accompany the merging of humans and technology and potentially the end of life as we know it.,”

Josh Pyke and Luke Moseley (Butternut Sweetheart) helped on production duties. It was mixed in Los Angeles by Tony Buchen (Montaigne, The Preachers etc).

When live music kicks off again in earnest if you get the opportunity to see this talented artist don’t miss it. She is incredibly engaging, humour underpins her shows, yet her ability to leave you captivated, moved and enriched is unquenchable.

In the meantime enjoy “Permanent Limbo”

You can keep up to date with all things Elana Stone on her Facebook, Instagram, Spotify  and Youtube

Bruce Baker

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