EP Review: Elina Filice – Flight Risk

Flight Risk is the new five track EP from Canadian singer songwriter and spoken word artist Elina Filice.

By Graeme Smith

Opening track and lead single Thinking Of You sets the tone and theme of the EP. Drawing on metaphors of travel, particularly air travel, Elina pours her heart out over spoken word verses and sung choruses. It quickly becomes clear that the track is truly about regret and getting lost in the past.

Elina’s delivery is infectious and her lyrics are well-thought-out so I felt like she was taking me on her emotional journey with her. Track two Lying feels like an emotional counter-point to Thinking of You. While the latter feels bright and nostalgic, there is a sense of anger and resentment in Lying. Elina is joined on the track by fellow rapper Claudia Crampton and their two voices work well together, giving the track a get sense of texture.

The collaborations keep coming as the EP progresses. Everything About You, a breezy love song, welcomes Neolithic and his smooth vocals are a nice addition. First World Problems sees Elina team up with Cat who joins in on a soulful, bluesy chorus. The instrumentals are stripped-back, giving prominence to Elina’s autobiographical, philosophical, spoken-word verses but there is a sudden explosion of sound as the track reaches its emotive climax.

The EP ends with Here, which sees Elina return to a solo performance. It’s a laid-back jazz number, infused with romance. It feels like the end of the journey. Through all of Elina’s questioning and exploring, she has found her place in love.

Born to Canadian parents, Elina spent her formative years in Singapore before moving to Canada for university. More recently, she relocated to Dublin, Ireland where this EP was recorded, and then produced remotely. The international backstory feels apt given the EP’s themes of travel and being a nomad. Elina feels like an embodiment of the phrase “citizen of the world” and it makes the storytelling of her lyrics really authentic and interesting.

Check out Flight Risk below.