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elkyn new single ‘something’ released 17th February

elkyn new single ‘something’ released 17th February

‘Something’ is the new single from the Leeds-based artist elkyn. The song is a heart-felt personal confession of feeling hopeless and desperate. The track follows up on last year’s single ‘if only it was alright now’, as well as the debut EP ‘Beech’.

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A track that truly captures elkyn’s incredible honesty and depth, ‘something’ is deeply personal. elkyn explains: “’something’ is about not feeling anything. It’s about all the things I tried in a pretty desperate attempt to just feel something, but ultimately finding myself stuck in the same self destructive cycle”.


Born in an old brewery, formed in a Leeds basement, and refined since 2019, elkyn is the moniker of 23-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Donnelly. His songs are an acute reflection of his beautiful heart with carefully crafted lyrics erupting with honesty and intricately finger-picked guitars.

Joseph began writing the music that would become elkyn while at University in Leeds (where he now calls home), recording his songs with his brother during weekend visits to the family home in York.

New single ‘something’ follows up elkyn’s 2020 releases, which were the debut EP beech, and ‘if only it was alright now’ single.

‘something’ was recorded at the Nave studio in Leeds with producer Mark Gustafson.

This familial connection is embedded in elkyn and, like a family, the songs envelope you in a trusting warmth; Joseph lays himself bare, his honest songs slowly welcoming and wash over the listener.

Joseph’s songs are a personal reflection on relationships, loss and growth, their confessional nature making them an equal measure of affecting, compelling, and deeply addicting.

During the summer of 2019 elkyn toured the UK with 60’s LA legends LOVE featuring Johnny Echols and played shows with Katie Malco, Rozi Plain, S.T. Manville, Molly Linen and Mark Peters. One day elkyn hopes to play live once more; until this can happen, Joseph will continue to write, record and release his music.

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