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Elliott Fullam – End of Ways

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By – Jackie Lo

Recommended if you like; Elliott Smith, Duster, Big Thief, Crumb, Broadcast, and Nick Drake

While scrolling through new album releases last week, I came across Elliott Fullam’s End of Ways, listened to a few seconds, and had to stop scrolling. Dark, haunting, and lush vocals on top of gorgeous guitar picking piqued my interest and I knew I needed to give the whole album a listen.

There are some people out there that are multifaceted and talented. You know the type, where it seems like they are good at everything they touch and Elliott Fullam falls into this category. He’s been hosting a YouTube channel “Little Punk People” since he was just 9 years old and has interviewed everyone from ICE-T, James Hetfield, Ace Frehley, Scott Ian from Anthrax, and so many other amazing artists.

Elliott is also an actor and is known for his co-lead role as Jonathan in the critically acclaimed horror film Terrifier 2 as well as Sal the Rooster in the animated series Get Rolling with Otis on AppleTV. He also has made appearances in episodes of Instinct (CBS) and The Other Two (Comedy Central).

In 2022, Fullam signed to Kill Rock Stars and released his first album “What’s Wrong?” Last week, at the age of 18, his sophomore album End of Ways was released. This album, written during a period where he was helping a loved one escape an abusive household is full of loss, pain, trauma, while finding ways to cope, understand, and ultimately find love.

End of Ways is a mix of home and studio recordings with snippets of voice memos dispersed throughout. This album feels like a giant singular emotional swell of a rollercoaster, sucking you in with a dark lullabye “Mistake” and “Let’s Go Somewhere” that has Elliott Smith “Angeles”-like guitar parts and the same sweet, yet heartbreaking vocal delivery.  At the center of the album, the apex,  “End of Ways” gives the listener the first moment of breakthrough with “See the Sunday / Is here to say / No more sad days / Just go away / You / Put on a fake face”.

The second half of the album is coming down and out of the darkness and finding ways to deal with the trauma with the hopeful track “Better Way” while “Timeless Tears”, one of the most powerful songs on the album, finds its emotional footing in the line “You think those words will hurt me. I’ve heard it all before” and “Over the Moon” with its Beatles’ “Because”-style harmonies.

End of Days is incredibly raw and powerful. It’s a testament to loving and helping someone through their trauma while still being able to create something so beautiful together. It’s recognizing the wrongs and being able to see the cracks that let the light in to allow the healing to begin.

Stand out tracks “Let’s Go Somewhere”, “End of Ways”, “Timeless Tears”

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Written by: Jackie Lo

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