Multi-platinum, 4x JUNO-nominated solo artist, producer, songwriter, engineer, and dual Canadian/Australian citizen, elijah woods independently released the song “good guys” along with the self-shot, stop-animation, Barbie-visualizer, further reminding us of his inescapable ‘do-it-yourself’ talents and self-made bedroom pop.
Fully independent, woods creates a world imagined in lower case, with relatable music and radiant confections that are huge and kaleidoscopic – keen to scribble outside of the lines without ever sacrificing pop appeal.
Written, produced, and directed by woods, the video for “good guys” adopts the stop-motion technique using Barbie and Ken dolls to parody the song’s lyrics, and delivers a satirical storyline that finds the Barbies falling for a plastic companion who is clearly not one of the ‘good guys’.
With a pulse on culture and trends in music, woods sparked a viral movement in January, with the release of emerging pop star JESSIA’s hit track “I’m Not Pretty”. woods co-penned and produced the track which is currently trending on TikTok and sits at over 23+ million streams globally in just 4 weeks.
Fans were reunited with woods’ last month with the release of his current radio single, ‘lights’. With draping themes of knock-kneed love gone sideways across a complex, cinematic instrumental frame buoyed by woods, the track is swiftly climbing the charts at radio with its earworm melody and sticky chorus setting the stage for what is a formidable solo career.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.