Goulding references the Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" to demonstrate how even someone as perpetually bummed out as Morrissey can make morbidly grievous material sound hummable as a nursery rhyme. "Mainly I'm drawn toward dark songs because I like songs with dark lyrics and really sad melodies. I like things that are heartbreaking. For some reason I'm just more drawn to darker stuff."

That could help her break into the states. "It's nice to know I can expand further than just the UK," Goulding says. "I see everything as a bonus. It means I get to travel, I get to keep doing what I'm doing, and there's only so much you can do in the UK — and I've done everything here now."

ELLIE GOULDING + BAG RAIDERS | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | July 27 @ 7 pm | $25–$35 | all-ages | 888.693.2583

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