When listening to the second album from Elizabeth Cornish you’re struck by the purity of it. Setting out with an aim to capture the intimacy of her solo performances, she majestically achieves this. The songs fill your room such that upon closing your eyes you can believe you are at a live performance purely for you. From the beginning, you are drawn into a world containing only her voice, her guitar and yourself. The subtle accompanying additions surround you and help contain you in these comforting surroundings, enveloping you in a dream.
As was her debut ‘Displaced’, this album is a snapshot into her life. While Displaced touched upon her nomadic upbringing, Where Were We Then covers times of loss. Elizabeth explains ‘Over the last few years I have watched a number of people around me lose loved ones. Many of the songs are my channelling of their loss and grief, and are an attempt to offer comfort and a little hope at a dark time. Each song on this album has its own story, and captures the emotions I was feeling at a point in my history. I feel the songs speak for themselves, but I like the idea that each listener will find their own meaning in them depending on their own experience.’
It’s a commanding listen, opening song and latest single ‘Light’ being a gorgeous beginning to an album that doesn’t disappoint. Elizabeth’s masterful song writing and her alluring voice are a winning combination capable of unlocking the keys to all our hearts.
Where Were We Then is released on Timezone Records on 27th April 2018.