EP REVIEW | Ella Hunt Unveils Full Triptych Project
Ella Hunt may be known for her remarkable portrayal of Susan Gilbert in Dickinson, but today, it is through music and most specifically through her debut EP Triptych that the artist connected to the world.
Triptych was born during the pandemic when British actress Ella Hunt found herself alone in quarantine, with nothing to do but to explore her thoughts and feelings through music. Out of this deep self-immersion came a first ballad, “Magpie,” in April 2020. Thanks in part to her Instagram live sets and to her singing as Sue Gilbert in all three seasons of Apple TV’s hit series Dickinson, Hunt was also able to showcase her unique musical prowess in more depth, thus connecting with fans on a deeper, more musically-inclined level.
It thus came as no surprise when fans took to social media to rejoice when Hunt finally announced a debut EP was in the works, due for the fall. The 23-year-old singer released a first single “Holding On” on November 19 before following up with “Moral High Ground” on December 2. Ultimately, Hunt released the last track “Bugs To Kill” along with the full project today, on December 9.
Ella Hunt blurs the lines of pop music and ballads with Triptych. The three-song, piano-driven release, produced by Thomas Bartlett, aims to be what Hunt describes as a “collage of yearning and grief and love and loneliness.”
The versatile artist surrounded herself with a team of about ten people and proceeded to create visuals to go along with all three of the tracks. Back to back, the three videos form a dreamy and surreal 13-minute film that was fully written and directed by Iranian director Naz Riahi and shot in only one morning back in April in Hunt’s own home.
In the film, Ella Hunt’s delicate voice comes piercing through as she navigates through the heartbreak and fear and denial that come with a relationship falling through. Hunt and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne deliver a powerful performance and come together in such a beautiful and poetic way that one cannot help but be fully captivated. The final result is indicative of a collective of artists who embraced the little space and time they were given to tell a story where there are no mental boundaries.
“one of my favourite things i have ever made comes out on Thursday,” Hunt shared on Instagram. “@elvismaynard and @reidcurrie filled my house with vines ferns flowers (alfie and simon were in kitten heaven) @andorandora and I sweated, howled with laughter, accidentally whacked each other many times; on multiple occasion @nazriahi and i looked at each other elated with big fat teary eyed dorky smiles; @its.bellatan fucking waltzed around my tiny room with a steadycam on her back for hours and a whole beautiful kind crew came together to make this all in 1 morning. 🐞”
Check out the three videos below.
“Moral High Ground”
“Bugs To Kill”