Elf Power formed in 1994 and over the last 23 years have released thirteen albums,
two eps, and a handful of singles, while touring North America, Europe, and Japan
many times. Albums such as 1998's Dave Fridmann-produced "A Dream In Sound" and
2008's collaboration with the late Vic Chesnutt, "Dark Developments" have cemented
the bands' reputation as the finest purveyors of modern melodic psychedelic folk
rock around. Their tour in support of their last album , 2013's "Sunlight on the
Moon", took them on an extensive tour in support of Neutral Milk Hotel's much
acclaimed reunion tour, as well as dates with Broken Bells and headlining dates.
Their latest album "Twitching in Time" combines experimental arrangements and
sublime songwriting with their powerful live bombast, into their strangest, most
cohesive, and most exciting sounding album yet. Opening track "Halloween Out
Walking" combines minimal and beautiful folk rock arrangements with otherworldy
Moog synthesizer gurglings to awe-inspiring effect. Other highlights include
"Watery Shreds", a piano ballad that transforms itself into an explosive an
unexpected distorted guitar drone freakout, sounding like an unlikely marriage of
avant-garde keyboardist Laurie Anderson and drone metallers Sunn 0)) . Songs
like the title track and "Cycling Aimlessly" are classic fuzzed out melodic rock
songs the likes of which the band has become known for , while songs like "Gorging on the Feast" explore a jazzy, melancholy terrain before descending into
a shredding heavy rock assault. The constant shifting of sounds and styles makes
for one of the band's most diverse and satisfying albums yet. On this album,
singer/songwriter Andrew Rieger and longtime collaborator multi-instrumentalist
Laura Carter are joined by Matthew Garrison on bass, Peter Alvanos on drums, and
Davey Wrathgabar on guitar.
The album is released on May 12, 2017 on the band's own Orange Twin Records, that
has released almost 50 albums since 2001, including releases by Neutral Milk
Hotel, Vic Chesnutt, Jeff Mangum, Jack Logan, Nana Grizol, Gerbils and many
more. Orange Twin Records works in conjunction with The Orange Twin Conservation
Community, 155 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of Athens, GA that has
initiated the development of a highly progressive, self-sustainable and
ecologically-minded cluster village and nature preserve.
Artists are: Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Matt Garrison, Peter Alvanos, Davey Wrathgeber
Listen to a song off the new Elf Power album on NPR's All Things Considered
Watch "Halloween Out Walking" video courtesy of Stereogum
Check out this Tiny Mix Tapes Review of the Album!
See what Flagpole has to say about the new album!