Eliot is Emil Lund (synths) and Jeppe Rask (vocals). From what I’ve heard, they’ve been working on their music for many years know, searching for just the right sound i guess – but the search is over guys, you’ve found exactly what you were looking for, and what I’ve been looking for.
We can all agree, that alternative electro-pop is sort of ‘in’ these days, especially since we’re in this post electro-rock time. However, there’s a huge difference in the quality of the electro-pop released, and with some bands it seems like they should spent a few more years to figure out their sound. Explore things, you know? I’m guessing that’s what the two local guys in Eliot did, and the result is a well produced, atmospheric EP – with 5 very different songs, each contributing with a mixture of melancholia and playfulness. So, let’s take it step by step.
This mini-album starts with the very appropriate title track: ‘The First Chord’. From the very start of this song, you get this lovely feeling that you are in great company. The mixture of the absolutely beautiful, relaxing vocal from Jeppe Rask and the experimenting synths from Emil Lund is really, really working out great. It might be the first chord, but it is intriguing and a great build up to the next song: ‘Direction Please’.
Now, the second song has sort of the same start as ‘The First Chord’, but it feels way more chaotic, which fits the title well i suppose. Again, it seems like this duo is a really great team – and they’ve really figured out how to tell the same story in two different ways; vocals and synth. It is the longest song on this mini-album, and when listening to it you are invited to join this long search for direction. It is relatable i guess, and it’s told as it should be – that might be the reason why it’s so easy to connect to this song.
‘Embers’, the next song on the EP, might just be my favorite song from this release. I guess it’s more catchy, so after a few more weeks of listening to this song, it might be different. It’s not catchy as in a up-tempo dance along kind of way, but more with catchy lyrics: “Where do we go from here, what do you believe”, repeated several times during the song. After the chaotic intro, the song continues in a slow, quiet way. It is beautiful yet radio friendly, but a song that deserves to be played (like the rest of the songs) on great speakers – otherwise you won’t get the full experience, as the song has a lot of “hidden” effects.
The EP continues with the song ‘Listen’, and this is where the pop element really enters. It’s definitely more up-tempo, and I’ve found it difficult to sit still while writing this very bit. It’s not a happy song (at all!!), but once again it is a song that you can understand, a song that you can actually feel. A song that goes straight to your lust for dancing. Not the dancing you do at the club after 10 beers and 5 whiskey/cola, but more that kind of dancing you do when listening to music at home – where your just go with the moves that feels natural. And don’t act like you don’t do that, ’cause we all do!
The strong finish comes with the song ‘Shadowplay’, a song where you can sense all the elements in the song. All the lovely layers of great creative, alternative electronic pop music. It truly is a strong finish to a really strong EP!
You’ve probably never heard about Eliot before. At this very moment, they’ve got 192 likes on Facebook, which obviously is not a lot. This shows that they’re brand new, but also that they’ve been focusing on the music and nothing but the music. All the energy is spent on creating a product that they believe in, and they’ve succeeded in my opinion. This is really, really good – and I hope that this will bring them a lot of jobs in the nearest future, and that we can expect a full length album. So, dear readers, i strongly suggest giving these guys a like on their Facebook account to spread the word, but most importantly, I hope that you’ll follow the link below that leads you to iTunes where you can buy this EP!
Since i couldn’t find a streaming service for the entire EP – here’s their first single ‘Direction Please’