David Ell announced himself with his debut album Wreckingball, a record full of dark, brooding and powerful pop songs, recorded and mixed at Cava Studios in Glasgow, home to great Scottish artists. This is an album variously reviewed and described as "epic", having a "big big sound", "lush and full" and simply "the best debut album in ages". The album touches on themes of loss of faith, love and identity. "For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further". Influences are hinted at in his debut album. It is no surprise to learn that he admires the music of bands such as Sigur Ros, Coldplay, U2, the Killers, Radiohead, Editors, the Doves, Arcade Fire and the Cure and singer songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Fretwell, Damien Rice, Tom Waits, Conor Oberst among others. While the tracks on his debut feature all lend themselves to more pared down acoustic versions, there is no doubt the finished sound of this album is a big big band sound richly crafted with layer upon layer of guitar and keyboard parts driving the strong melodies at the heart of this album. David Ell is a multi-instrumentalist, he does everything on the album. It's an eclectic sound, mixing the best traditions of classic British and American pop-rock but with more than a hint of European electronica - unsurprisingly, the album is picking up fans from all over the world. He also has just completed his second album - an instrumental soundtrack album which saw David Ell working with one of the UK's top BRIT award winning producers. Entitled Dance of the Furies, this promises to be an arresting diversion from his opening album with more than a hint of classical influences coming to the fore but with elements of electronica and rock in the mix. David Ell says he was motivated in part by childhood memories listening to his mother's classical records and was drawn to write an epic story set to music. In this, David Ell has returned to his first love, piano, around which he has arranged a stirring and emotive orchestration brim full of haunting strings, horns and beats. Never one to sit back, David also has an acoustic EP due for release towards the end of the year. Anyone going to see David Ell in 2011 will hear some of these tracks performed live. David Ell presently plays live in top venues around the UK both solo and as part of another band ECHOFIRES. Read less...
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