The Elected / Sun, Sun, Sun - SP701
Sun, Sun, Sun is the rope-strong, luminous follow-up to The Elected’s critically acclaimed 2004 debut, Me First. Recorded largely in motel rooms while singer/songwriter Blake Sennett was on tour with his other band, Rilo Kiley, the album is propelled by the kind of unsettled, exploratory impetus that is only native to the American open road. While portions of the album were formed in proper studios like the all-analog Hard Drive studio in Southern California, Sennett, along with bandmate Mike Bloom, recorded and produced the majority of this masterfully soulful creation in environments they were passing through. And, it’s evocative of those places and perspectives: "I’ll listen to it and think, “That was recorded in a hotel in Missoula! That, we did in the van!” The dichotomy between feeling completely at home and at the same time homeless on the road fuels Sennett’s biting, reflective lyricism and grand, sweeping compositions — after all, out there, there’s plenty of time to reminisce and look forward. At times treating grit with slide guitar, tambourines and kid gloves (“It Was Love”), and at other times spitting heart-wrenching declarations with grace (“I’ll Be Your Man”, “Did Me Good”), Sun, Sun, Sun is Sennett’s newest gem.
Released: January 24, 2006
The Elected / Me First - SP636
The Elected are a band who would cite incredibly disparate influences if you were to ask them (and we didn’t…) about whose music might have shaped their record’s sound. ‘Zine writers are going to have a field day coming up with reference points. Herewith, a few freebies to get started: (1) "Nilsson’s soundtrack to “Midnight Cowboy,” given an ambient remix by Aphex Twin." (2) "Like the weird sound coming from your radio when one station playing the Zombies’ “Care of Cell 44” starts to bleed into another station playing moody electronica." (3) “Lost, unreleased Sun Studios heartbreak songs from the future.” Me First is the debut release from Rilo Kiley co-singer/songwriter Blake Sennett, and features, in various roles and among others: Mike Bloom, Jason Boesel and Jenny Lewis (both also from Rilo Kiley), Daniel Brummel (from Ozma), Schmed (from Arlo), Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray), and Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service/DNTEL). The album was recorded in the spring of 2003 with the help of Mike Mogis (Saddle Creek partner and producer extraordinaire for Bright Eyes, The Faint, et al).
Released: 2004-02-03 (CD), 2003-02-03 (LP), 2004-02-03 (MP3s)