Elmore Magazine Premieres the Elouise video of the Link Wray song,"Fire and Brimstone"
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"In the video for “Fire and Brimstone,” Elouise brings some gloomy fascination to form with a lo-fi surrender to the Link Wray classic. Elouise Walker and William Bongiovanni are playfully wry with their purgatory-like setting rife with percussive jawbones and furtive outfits that hearken back to a ditch digger’s wardrobe"
Good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday—Welcome to Elouise— an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass. Their upcoming debut is titled, Deep Water and will be available today-Friday, July 15th.
Using a mix of Classical and Bluegrass instrumentation combined with an array of eclectic instruments including the marxophone, six-string banjo, bandoneon and harmonium, Elouise then layers their sound with dark and beautifully dramatic European strings like the cello and double bass. This idea of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation is the signature sound they call Blackgrass.
The Bluegrass Situation premieres the song, "Shadow of the Pines"
(photo: Chris Strother)
“The haunted, halting strings swirl around Elouise Walker’s cracked, broken voice, making a holiday hymn into a drawn-out, pained work of anguished beauty which reshapes the song and brings back fond memories of Chapel Hill grim realists Trailer Bride.”—Blurt Magazine
“If the vocals don't get you, the surreal collection of instruments and the incredible songs most certainly will. It is at times dark, ominous and intriguing. It is also an alternative work of art, file under excellent.”—Beehive Candy
“…Deep Water is one of the most brilliant albums conceived and recorded in recent years…Listen with headphones. In a dark room. With the volume turned up.”—Frank Gutch, Jr No Depression
"If you want to pigeonhole Elouise, as most music fans and writers need to do – Imagine if Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams had a baby and that baby was raised by Mother Maybelle Carter – then you’d have Elouise."--Innocent Words Magazine
"The boldness and the daring never lets up; from the compositions, to the instrumentation, to the vocal performances. It’s a kaleidoscopic trip through the American musical experience, with fragments and reflections of classics splitting with the most primitive of musical impulses. Every note of it is necessary and every rest in between the notes is full of profundity."--Parcbench
"Deep Water is not for the shallow or the small minded, it is for those who can see beyond the profound and enjoy the physical reality of excellent, well driven thoughtful lyrics. Intense and pleasurable, Deep Water is a true reflection of humanity’s darker side."--Liverpool Sound and Vision
“Richard Dembowski (Old Californio) takes lead vocal duties on “Oh Lord,” a song that he also wrote. I fucking love these lyrics: “Oh lord, you’re just too hard to please/And you ask too much of me/And I ain’t gonna get on my knees/I ain’t get gonna get on my knees and pray/’Til you and I’ve got a few things straight.” How’s that for a fresh take on gospel?”—Michael Doherty’s Music Log
“[Elouise] creates an ominous cinematic soundscape that blends instrumental and storytelling influences from bluegrass traditions with virtuosic strings, alternative old world instrumentation and raw gritty vocalizations seeped in desperation and pain. Deconstructing traditional song material within a languid tempo and menacing, dusty and often times rickety musical foundation wrought with emotional turmoil, human struggle and themes of the afterlife.”—No Depression
“With a band made up of musicians who have played in symphonies, dabbled in theatre production and composed for television shows you can expect a strong cinematic leaning although it also maintains that feel of a music from an older world, one which was burdened by everyday hardships, something Elouise enhances with her wonderful weary drawl.”—Folk Radio UK
“Formed complete with a soundtrack-composers-turned-album-makers mythos, new “blackgrass” collective Elouise plays a primitive, angsty, menacing form of folk that uses vintage Appalachian string instruments and gear to squeeze the raw pain out of the psyche through song.—And yes, it’s as good as that makes it sound.”—Cover Lay Down
“Bluegrass and a mixture of old hymns have been reintroduced and made new, and I am loving every beat of it! When I close my eyes with the album on, I am instantly taken to a place where the road ends, dancing in the bayou, underneath the stars surrounded by lightening bugs. The sound is hauntingly beautiful. Elouise has instantly became one of my favorite bands, which is saying a lot, my favorites are all legends.”—Red Dirt Reporter
"The song is performed in their signature music genre of blackgrass. ...a genre that decontstructs traditional song material within a languid tempo and menacing, dusty and often times rickety foundation wrought with emotional turmoil, human struggle and themes of the afterlife.”—AXS Examiner
Record of the Day: “Elouise brings dark images to my mind as the thick, drowning vocals surrounded by the scratchy acoustics surround my thoughts, both intriguing and beautiful in a deviant and desperate way. Sounds of pain and struggle accompanied with a menacing tempo give me chills and I want to dive deeper.”—50Thirdand3rd Music blog
Timber and Steel (Australia)—Best Christmas songs for 2015. Other Artists on the list were Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, The Felice Brothers, Sufjan Stevens