Willow Shields
Willow Shields

Music photographer and journalist based in south london.

Last week, Ellie Bleach released her newest gut-wrenchingly beautiful heartbreak track ‘I Thought I Saw You Last’.  An anti-love story about an ex getting married a bit too fast, Ellie Bleach sings about an ex’s relatives and friends and I can’t help but be reminded of Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’, although Bleach’s rendition is somehow unmistakably British and speaks of mid-20s lost love.

Ellie Bleach says the track was inspired by ABBA’s sombre side “the line in the chorus ‘never thought I major chord could make me want to die’ was written on a notes file in my phone after listening to ABBA’s ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ one too many times – That says it all.”

The track has an unmistakable 70’s power-pop groove, it’s one of those songs where you can’t decide whether cry your eyes out or get up and dance. ‘I Thought I Saw You Last Night’ twangs on a heartstring or two with the listener thinking back along with Ellie Bleach reflecting on one’s ex-lovers. There’s a sense of jealousy and hatred but those feelings are combated by the little bit of love left with Bleach asking “Do you still think about us?” which everyone can relate to I’m sure. 

Ultimately this track is a new direction for Ellie Bleach and I think it’s the perfect song to reflect the times, all of us are spending vast amounts of time fantasising about ridiculously dramatic scenarios. ‘I Thought I Saw You Last Night’ is your perfect companion for these fictional vacations into Ellie’s smoky, sensational universe.

Listen to ‘I Thought I Saw You Last Night’ here: