Given the recent controversy over Sia’s music video for “Elastic Heart” and because the track is a top played song of mine as of late, I decided to review “Elastic Heart”.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, known by her stage name Sia, is an alt-pop and alt-rock singer / songwriter. Her talents have been featured in many works, including David Guetta’s “Titanium” and “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” as well as Jack Back’s “Wild One Two”, giving Sia significant notoriety in the hip-hop and dance genres. Sia was born in South Australia to parents with considerable musical-oriented backgrounds. In a 2008 interview with NPR West’s Alex Cohen, Sia mentioned that her music is influenced by extensive exposure to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Sting during her days as a youth.
“Elastic Heart” is the 3rd single from Sia’s 6th studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Co-produced by Diplo and Greg Kurstin, the track was originally recorded for use on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in 2013 – the presence of the song in the news as of late demonstrates the longevity of “Elastic Heart”. Diplo’s influence is clearly felt in the track with a hip-hop yet electronic rhythmic pulse. The beat gives an abrupt, eerie, dark feel with garbled words enticing the listener to embrace Sia’s near-sadistic track. Diplo and Kurstin’s work set a great foundation for an memorable track and the vocal talents of Sia take said foundation and turn “Elastic Heart” into her best song and one of my all-time favorites.
“Elastic Heart” tells the story of a destroyed love and despite the struggle and pain that follow, one does not break as a result of the former love. See the excerpt of the track lyrics below:
“Now another one bites the dust
Yeah, let’s be clear, I’ll trust no one
You did not break me
I’m still fighting for peace”
Sia tells a story, one that almost everyone can relate to, vividly with clever metaphors, wit, and word choice that creates emotion within listeners. The song speaks to me on an emotional level and I think that is why I enjoy it so much.
Check out the music video that received a lot of negative press lately as well as a few articles regarding the music video via Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Support Sia by purchasing her new album 1000 Forms of Fear that features other great tracks such as, “Chandelier” and “Big Girls Cry”; follow her on Twitter and most importantly, enjoying the talents of this Australian artist as her career continues to progress and evolve. Cheers!