Anna Elias & the Forlorn Hope – When You’re Gone

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

After the break-up of Leeds-based indie-acoustic band Bodixa, singer Anna Elias has put together a new outfit who are currently preparing to make 2008 their year.  Being no stranger to recording or playing before large audiences, most notably Glastonbury Festival in 2005, the future looks exciting rather than daunting for Anna and her band.  With a new album due for release next summer, together with some live gigs and festivals culminating in a headlining tour, the band has released this EP as a taster for what is to follow.  Each of the three songs included on this release are delicate reflections on themes of love, loneliness and hope (but hopefully not too forlorn).  There’s something dreamy about the arrangements, but with the magical combination of guitars (Harvey Elias and Nic Vocaturo), cello (Colin Dunkley) and double bass (Jeremy Vocaturo), together with a delicately breathy voice, it’s hardly surprising.