Going In Circles is the debut, home-recorded EP by indie newcomer Ella Belfanti. Winner of “Best Guitarist” at Bluesfest Busking Competition and featured on Triple J’s Unearthed, Belfanti is garnering a following on the live music circuit.
The six songs on the EP show an unpretentious, sleeves up approach to songwriting, with emphatic guitar strumming and to the point lyrics. Her voice is ernest and folky.
Turn With The Tide rollicks along in triple time, speckled with soft percussive sounds – apparently improvised from household objects. Trying Not To Like You is a cute and catchy toe tapper. On Focus Belfanti turns up reverb on her voice, giving a haunting, very Celtic quality to the song. Circles is the most melodic of the collection, bearing some resemblance to early Carole King with its musicality and easiness. This is a good calling card for a promising artist.
Reviewed by Rita Bratovich.