Award-winning Scottish singer songwriter Elaine Lennon has released a remixed single to mark the one-year anniversary of her acclaimed self-titled debut album. THIS – The ‘21 Remix, which was out Sunday 24 January 2021, is a captivating reworking of a track taken from the album which launched to a sold-out show at Celtic Connections in January 2020 and won Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Year 2020 Award. She spoke with The Fountain about the music in more depth as well as her plans for 2021.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to THIS?

It’s had some superb airplay from BBC and Community Stations alike and since releasing on all major digital platforms has already reached over 1,000 streams on Spotify alon/ I decided to do something a little different with this release, however, and offered a five-track Single EP as a Bandcamp Exclusive – it takes you on the song’s musical journey from previously unreleased Work Tape (demo) and live versions, through album version then leading to the single version where Mark Freegard’ had added his remixing magic. This has really gone down a treat with fans! 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Amplifying the brooding darkness of the original song, THIS – The ‘21 Remix is more current, dramatic, even cinematic with an electropop feel (akin to singer-songwriter Ruelle) pushing the boundaries of what the song was capable of becoming, with Mark’s use of synths taking on a trance-like quality and allowing my vocals to take centre stage.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

Like many artists right now I am having to adapt and evolve as COVID and its restrictions do the same. While live in person gigs are not possible right now, I’ll maintain the musical connection with regular live Zoom gigs (next is on Feb 10th with Grammy-nominated Michael Logen, hosted by The Fallen Angels Club). Otherwise musically, my main focus this year will be on writing and co-writing for a second album.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I’ve had the good fortune to have played in many amazing venues in my short career to date, however I’d have to say my favourite so far has been The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville (though Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and The Tolbooth Stirling were both amazing venues to perform in too). 

During lockdown I started a Facebook Live Series called The Homebird Sessions, which were really well received, so I was thrilled to be asked to take the ethos of the sessions and create a regular live Homebird Sessions event by the New Creative Scotland supported Cumbernauld Theatre when it opens at the end of the year. I’ve already had interest from many UK and US artists who would like to be a part of these live events so I’m excited to see where that leads!