Busy promoting her upcoming October 9th release Halcyon, Ellie Goulding has been making the press rounds. The singer recently visited BBC’s Radio 1 and rather than play a track off her sophomore album she opted to go in another direction by covering “Some Nights” by fun.

Ellie made the song her own by doing a stripped down acoustic version. Starting off with a soft a cappella harmony, she showcased her vocal talent. The song itself soon crescendos once the full band enters and layered vocals from additional singers transforms the track.

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“Some Nights” is unlike the Ellie we’ve heard as her voice wavers and soars delicately throughout. Expect similar texturing on her forthcoming release.

“On the last record the vocals and everything were weaved into the production, but [on Halcyon] it’s layered,” she recently told Papermag.

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Papermag’s current cover girl, in the issue she discusses not being confined to one genre of music.

“People try to put me into different categories, but maybe I’m not in one,” she said. “I feel like I’m in so many different worlds in music. I have this amazing respect in the electronic world, there’s the more folk-y stuff from the early days that I just do with guitar and there’s also this world of pop lovers who picked up on me from the Katy Perry tour. That doesn’t happen for a lot of artists.”

Expect to get to know a more serious side of Ellie on Halcyon.

“This album is really about coping with loss,” Goulding said. “I don’t really hold back when it comes to emotional stuff. I’m very explicit, very honest and very open and I can’t help but write quite sad songs. It just happens. I do try writing happy songs but every single song has a downside.”

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-AJ Gordon, 97.1 AMP/Los Angeles