Likely the most prolific members of Athens' Elephant 6 Collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples In Stereo), Elf Power are back with a new record and tour. The band will perform at Beat Kitchen in July.Â
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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 1998â€™s Dave Fridmann-produced â€śA Dream In Soundâ€ť and 2008â€™s collaboration with the late Vic Chesnutt, â€śDark Developmentsâ€ť have cemented the bandsâ€™ reputation as the finest purveyors of modern melodic psychedelic folk rock around. Their tour in support of their last album , 2013â€™s â€śSunlight on the Moonâ€ť , took them on an extensive tour in support of Neutral Milk Hotelâ€™s much acclaimed reunion tour, as well as dates with Broken Bells and headlining dates.
Their latest album â€śTwitching in Timeâ€ť combines experimental arrangements and sublime songwriting with their powerful live bombast, into their strangest, most cohesive, and most exciting sounding album yet. Opening track â€śHalloween Out Walkingâ€ť combines minimal and beautiful folk rock arrangements with otherworldy Moog synthesizer gurglings to awe-inspiring effect. Other highlights include â€śWatery Shredsâ€ť, 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 â€śCycling Aimlesslyâ€ť are classic fuzzed out melodic rock songs the likes of which the band has become known for , while songs like â€śGorging on the Feastâ€ť 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 bandâ€™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 bandâ€™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.