On new single ‘Hold You In’, Ella Belfanti strives to put her first relationship behind her

On new single ‘Hold You In’, Ella Belfanti strives to put her first relationship behind her

Words by Emma Sullivan

A tale of young love.

Rising Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Ella Belfanti has just released a new single, ‘Hold You In’. Lacing together soulful lyricism with her signature folk and blues-inspired melody, the track is inspired by her first break-up and celebrates Belfanti’s unique guitar playing. Through ‘Hold You In’, Belfanti uses the one instrument to perform both stringed and percussion notes.

The track is accompanied by a new video filmed by Zach Finlayson and recorded from Belfanti’s bedroom.

“The concept [of the video] was to recreate the moment that I wrote the song and played it to myself for the first time, in its most raw and organic form,” Belfanti explains. “My songwriting is basically self therapy; it’s how I deal with the world and process my experiences. So we wanted to capture the moment that I came to terms with the experience and decided to let it go.”

Belfanti first caught the attention of the Australian music scene by taking home the Best Guitarist award at the 2017 Bluesfest Busking Competition. Since then, the 21-year-old has continued to captivate us with her rich soundscapes as she constantly pushes the boundaries of standard guitar-playing.

‘Hold You In’ will make its live debut when Belfanti performs at Brisbane’s The Triffid on September 23.

Check out the new track below.

‘Hold You In’ is out now. For more on Ella Belfanti, hit up her website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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