Artists You Should Know: Eleanor Kingston Shrugs Off Childhood Illusions On New Single “The Moon Doesn’t Follow Your Car”

Eleanor Kingston
Eleanor Kingston by Matthew Crawford

Rising 22-year-old self-taught music producer and singer/songwriter Eleanor Kingston has just released her latest confessional in the form of her new single “The Moon Doesn’t Follow Your Car.” Her songs are defined as much by their impeccable pop hooks as by her unabashedly vociferous lyricism. With the release of her debut EP Great Kind of Madness, Pt. 1 came a tumult of singles built around her outspoken openness, touching on queer identity, mental health, and female-empowerment.


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Kingston’s latest single “The Moon Doesn’t Follow Your Car,” created alongside artist and producer HARRY WAS HERE, was borne unsurprisingly from that same intense honesty and vulnerability. It’s a song that conjures up a specific nostalgia: headphones on, head leaning against the vehicle window, letting the music and sky send the mind adrift. “Dream of all the answers like I got superpowers,” she sings bittersweetly.

Because part of growing up involves waking up from this insular existence. “The world isn’t ours after all,” she laments on the languid chorus, “The clouds aren’t shaped after all.” Against the track’s concussive beats and frayed pop edges, Kingston’s sad conclusions become forewarning transmissions to her younger self that arrive far too late. There’s even a grimy rock finish that bursts through via a few select riffs.


The disillusionment conveyed in “The Moon Doesn’t Follow Your Car” is representative of the way Kingston is able to harness her lowest lows and transform them into something cathartic. Her prior singles, like the pop detonator “Mantra” and syncopated beats of the electric “Life Flashes,” wield a similar propensity for anthemic introspections. She’s also a frequent collaborator with her contemporaries: her first single of this year was “Losing Focus,” a harmonizing lovelorn piece with Jordan Everett, while her last single of the previous year saw her team up with damnboy! for the heartstring plucking electro-ballad “Linger On.”

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Words: Steven Ward

Listen to “The Moon Doesn’t Follow Your Car” the new single from Eleanor Kingston below!

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