New Music: Elk City

Busy day today (and yesterday), so I’ll keep this short. Taylor at T-Sides has been reporting from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City for the last few days. It’s basically 4 or 5 nights of Indie bands playing gigs and impressing the locals in the Big Apple, and she wrote about a band that I’ve grown to like quite a lot. Their name is Elk City and their sound is very New York. There’s a bit of Velvet Underground, a bit of Patti Smith, a bit of Blondie, and probably a few other heavy hitters in their style, but it’s not overblown to the point where you say “Oh, there’s VU…and there’s Patti Smith…and there’s (fill in the blank).” Instead, their dreamy sound and powerful vocals from Renee LoBue will certainly propel them up from the underground soon enough.
I’m really grooving on a couple of their songs right now, and I wanted all 12-14 readers of this blog to have a listen as well. My current favorite is “Cherries in the Snow” (Download HERE), which is a song that really reminds me of Blondie. “Silver Lawyers” (Download HERE) is also quite good, but it took me a few spins to really get into it. The song has a lush and, at times, a kind of surreal quality that captures an arty coolness of an out-of-the-way enclave in a city.
In true “I’m smitten by a new band” style, I added Elk City as a friend on Myspace and even wrote them a note saying how much I liked their music. Their drummer/producer, Ray Ketchem, wrote back and said they might come to California and play some dates in ’07. πŸ™‚

I’m not sure when their new CD is coming out, but I intend to buy it as soon as it does. In the meantime, enjoy these two songs and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for the Weekly Mix Six.

–PK

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