After 2 glimmering singles it is now time for the last appetiser before Hey Elbow’s second album is out. The single is called ”Back to Reality”. We are hereby also announcing a great European tour. All dates below...
Julia Ringdahl (vocals/guitar)
Ellen Petersson (horns/electronics)
Liam Amner (drums)
Single #1 – Quest
Single #2 – Tell Me
Single #3 – Back to Reality
”Back to Reality differs from the rest of the tracks from the album in the way that we have played this song live before we recorded it. We think that you can hear that it has been shaped on stage and that we love to play it live in front of an audience. The ringing sound that you can hear clearly, for example 1 minute and 5 sekond in to the track, was one of the first building stones to the song."
A sole energy might be the best way of describe what is happening when the members in Hey Elbow are in the same room. The unexplanatory phenomena when parts are one. The band only exist as a unite of three, in coexistence, on the stage, in the studio, in interviews, in the graphic expression. They describe a liberating feeling when they started playing together, like finding something that had been waiting to take form. Their creative process is more intuitive than analytical and they don’t limit themselves with thought-out stylistic moves.
The first single "Quest” was released just before the band did three special curated shows on Iceland Airways and rapidly placed them back on the scene as one of the most awaited new experimental pop bands around. The second appetiser was released in december and was called "Tell Me” a melodic, bombastic tune with beautiful orchestration that brings unknown feelings to surface. The third and last single ”Back to Reality” is now out.
With a background in jazz and an ear for improvisation and freedom Hey Elbow create eccentric pop music with a big sound.
2018-03-14: Inkonst - Malmö (S)
2018-03-22: Under Bron - Stockholm (S)
2018-04-06: Oceanen - Gothenburg (S)
2018-04-07: Ideal Bar - Copenhagen (DK)
2018-04-12: G Livelab - Helsinki (FI)
2018-04-13: Doris - Tampere (FI)
2018-04-14: Jyrock - Jyväskylä(FI)
2018-04-27: Pokalen - Oslo (NO)
2018-05-05: Nochtwache - Hamburg (DE)
2018-05-06: Funkhaus - Berlin (DE)
2018-05-07: Underdogs’ - Prague (CZ)
2018-05-08: Rhiz - Wien (AU)
2018-05-09: Hudson - Ulm (DE)
2018-05-10: PONG - Düsseldorf (DE)
2018-05-11: Etepetete Indie Music Festival - Dortmund (DE)
2018-05-12: Supersonic - Paris (FR)
2018-05-13: The Old Blue Last - London (UK)
2018-05-16: De Gudde Wellen - Luxemburg (L)
2018-05-17: Roodkapje - Rotterdam (NL)
2018-05-18: Asteriks - Leeuwarden (NL)
The Mellow Music
"Tell Me” carries the weight of the last album’s multi-textured production with a commanding horn layered atop echoey vocals and synth-wrapped instrumentation. The result is a lush bout of dream-pop tinged by deep synths and orchestral sounds."
"A little more straight-ahead than the tracks from Every Other yet still filled with intrigue and mess (thanks to Petersson's synth and horn genius), "Quest" really comes alive through a gorgeous extended outro filled with soaring vocals, rattling percussion and a dreamy ambient wash.”
The Line of Best Fit
"Beautifully adorned and immediate, the new track takes little hints of The Knife’s crunchier moments and channels it in to something powerful and unhinged, the whole thing gleaming with sumptuous energy as it pours forwards.”
"Kicking off with a drum beat that might sound like a military march were it not so drenched in reverb, the track hits its stride with a spindly, Grizzly Bear-esque guitar lick, gradually picking up steam as Julia Ringdahl’s angelic vocals enter the picture. The band’s quirkiest lineup feature may be the inclusion of a full-time flugelhorn player, and the way Ellen Petersson decorates “Quest” with her triumphant brass notes proves itself to be a masterclass in restraint and tonal coloring.”
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