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A stunning release from a long-time favorite. I fell in love with this band after hearing their Neil Young cover "Helpless". I quickly gobbled-up everything I could find (covers & originals). Not only does the band feature ex-Luna guitarist Sean Eden (kudos), but singer Renee LoBue has one of the most beautiful female voices in indie rock today. Great job!

Puts me in my Zen place...

This album is a masterpiece!

In particular- "Jerks on Ice" is on my current FAVs list- my top ten songs that put me in my zen place.
E v e r y t h i n g is working here, lead vocal, lyrics, ALL instruments, the mix. The lead section builds to a swirling mecca of emotion- then, the melancholic and funky beauty of the minor sounding section at 2:32... bringing me back down... just right. Masterful.

Thanks Elk City !

great music by a great band!

Elk City's new album House of Tongues is a great release. Formerly the Melting Hopefuls, the band morphed into Elk City in the late 90's. A Neil Youngish kind of sound dominated their first couple of albums, but was still their own sound. This has progressed into a more powerful pop/rock sound. Vocalist Renee LoBue's voice has developed into one of the more beautiful voices in indie rock. Drummer Ray Ketchem is a great asset to the overall sound. Ex-Luna guitatist Sean Eden was a great addition to the band. This is a great job and is captivating from beginning to end. Excellent!


Formed: 1997 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New York art pop trio Elk City spun off from the alternative rock-era group the Melting Hopefuls in late 1997. Both groups feature drummer Ray Ketchem and singer/bassist Renee LoBue, but the addition of singer/guitarist Peter Langland-Hassan truly makes Elk City a different (and better) group. Indeed, Elk City (no connection to the western Oklahoma town of the same name should be inferred) began when Langland-Hassan auditioned for a new lineup of the Melting Hopefuls, an ever-shifting unit LoBue...
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