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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

Ellie Goulding - Figure 804:04

Ellie Goulding - Figure 8

Information

Premiere date: 19, November 2012
Director(s): W.I.Z.
Stylist(s): N/A
Choreographer: N/A
Photographer(s):

N/A

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.

LyricsEdit

Breathe your smoke into my lungs
In the back of a car with you I stare into the sun
Still not too old to die young (x2)
But lovers hold on to everything
And lovers hold on to anything

CHORUS:
I chase your love around a figure 8
I need you more than I can take
You promised forever and a day
And then you take it all away
(Then you take it all away)

Place a kiss upon my cheekbone
Then you vanish me, I'm buried in the snow
But something tells me I'm not alone (x2)
But lovers hold on to everything
And lovers hold on to anything

CHORUS:
I chase your love around a figure 8
I need you more than I can take
You promised forever and a day
And then you take it all away
(Then you take it all away)

So lovers hold on to everything
And lovers hold on to anything
So lovers hold on to everything
And lovers hold on to anything

CHORUS:
I chase your love around a figure 8
I need you more than I can take
You promised forever and a day
And then you take it all away
I chase your love around a figure 8
I need you more than I can take
You promised forever and a day
And then you take it all away
(Then you take it all away)

Commercial PerfomanceEdit

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.

Track listingEdit

  • iTunes EP – Remixes[1]
  1. "Figure 8" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Anything Could Happen" (Radio 1 Live Lounge Version) – 3:03
  3. "Figure 8" (Breakage's Crenshaw & Adams Mix) – 4:26
  4. "Figure 8" (French Fries Club Mix) – 5:23
  5. "Figure 8" (Xilent Remix) – 4:30

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Australia[2] 13 December 2012 Digital download Polydor Records
France[3]
Ireland[4]
New Zealand[5]
United Kingdom[1]

ReferencesEdit


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