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"Figure 8'" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding, released as the second single from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was written by Goulding and Jonny Lattimer, and produced by MONSTA, with additional production by Mike Spencer. The song's accompanying music video was released on 19 November 2012.
Critical Reception Edit
"Figure 8" received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Michael Roffman of Time called it "a defensive track that finds [Goulding] reasoning with her scorched paths", adding that Mike Spencer's work with Jamiroquai or Kylie Minogue "injects a scenic quality that bludgeons with cinematic density." Digital Spy's Lewis Corner noted the song "continues to explore Ellie's ascent into womanhood, centering around her experience of being left heartbroken by a former love over a buzzing dubstep bassline that vibrates with a gentle nod to the album's namesake." Sam Lansky of Idolator opined that "Figure 8" "gives the obligatory concession to dubstep, with production by MONSTA serving as effectively, if not more so, than [...] Skrillex himself would have done." Scott Shetler of PopCrush wrote, "Built around piano and electronics, 'Figure 8' has a moody vibe that matches its heartbreaking lyrics [...] The song was co-produced by Mike Spencer, who also co-produced Alex Clare's 'Too Close,' which has a similar dubstep-inspired chorus beat." However, in a review of Halcyon, BBC Music's Ben Hewitt expressed, "Far from showing off her talents, the likes of 'Figure 8' and 'Atlantis' become bottomless pits filled with heavy-handed knob-twiddling."
Music video Edit
19, November 2012
The music video for "Figure 8", directed by W.I.Z., was filmed in a mansion outside of London, and features freerunner Timothy Shieff.It premiered on 19 November 2012 on Goulding's official YouTube channel. Switching constantly between black-and-white and coloured shots, the video reflects on breaking up with an ex and then missing them. It consists of intercut scenes of Goulding in a flat in several different situations, such as lying on a mattress as she clutches a red piece of cloth, lying in bed with her on-screen boyfriend, dressed in a red, flowing gown while covered in a red veil, blindfolded, and breaking dishes. Towards the end of the video, Goulding's lit-up body is shown levitating off the bed, as she lets go of the red cloth.
Figure 8 charted between 2012-2013 and reached number 33 on the UK charts, number 7 on the New Zealand charts and number 8 on the Finland charts. The Year-end position for New Zealand (2013) was 48. The song was certified Platinum by New Zealand (RMNZ) with exceeding sales of 15, 000.
- iTunes EP – Remixes
- "Figure 8" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
- "Anything Could Happen" (Radio 1 Live Lounge Version) – 3:03
- "Figure 8" (Breakage's Crenshaw & Adams Mix) – 4:26
- "Figure 8" (French Fries Club Mix) – 5:23
- "Figure 8" (Xilent Remix) – 4:30
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Figure 8 (Remixes) – EP by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store UK. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/figure-8-remixes-ep/id582670258. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- ↑ "Figure 8 (Remixes) – EP by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Australia. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/figure-8-remixes-ep/id582670258. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- ↑ "Figure 8 (Remixes) – EP par Ellie Goulding" (in French). iTunes Store France. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/figure-8-remixes-ep/id582670258. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- ↑ "Figure 8 (Remixes) – EP by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/figure-8-remixes-ep/id582670258. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- ↑ "Figure 8 (Remixes) – EP by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store New Zealand. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/figure-8-remixes-ep/id582670258. Retrieved 19 January 2013.