Eleri Ward – “Grieving The Future”


A compelling pop success from New York-based artist Eleri Ward, “Grieving the Future” meshes punchy hooks and serene synth-laden ruminations alike. This original track follows three cover albums from Ward, who also built a following via acoustic covers of Stephen Sondheim songs. Ward’s impressive re-interpretations draw ample praise and a 22-city tour, and now she embarks on a new chapter with an emphasis on original songwriting, reflective of both musical theater passion and modern pop precision.

The initial lyrics, reflecting grieving the future and mourning daydreams, build into trickling synth arps amidst a wordless vocal pulsing. “I’m crying over nothing,” the vocals let out during the peppy bass and percussive infusion. This refrain proves replay-inducing throughout, capturing “visions of you and me,” into the spacious, nocturnal synths rounding the two-minute mark. Here especially, the track’s atmospheric pop prowess is on full display. “Grieving The Future” is a standout pop showing from Eleri Ward.

Ward explains:

“This single represents so much: stepping into myself as an artist who wishes to break past just re-interpreting and arranging covers to really solidify my voice with my original music, which feels so much more aligned with who I see myself as in terms of the artist I am and want to be.”

The track music video premieres tomorrow, 9/9, at 11AM ET:

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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