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Elf Power emerged from the eclectic Elephant 6 collective, where music-making was a bit like a group painting session in which everyone added their colors and ideas on top of one another. Lo-fi, hi-fi, little songs, big songs—everything flowed together with an optimism and weirdness that kept listeners on their toes. Elf Power—the work of key songwriter Andrew Rieger and creative foil Laura Carter and various coming-and-going scene members—is a bit more focused in terms of limiting the free-for-all aspects this time out. At the heart of these songs is Rieger’s somewhat somber vocal style, which is lifted just enough by the gorgeous melodic lines of the title track, “Grotesquely Born Anew," and “Things Lost.” Those songs form a three-play at the heart of the album that’s as low-key and brilliant as anything the band has tried. Songs vary from bedroom demos to full-out studio projects, but the emotional core holds the experiments together. Twelve albums onward, and Elf Power is still finding new territory to explore.

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The Breath of Athens...

I just saw the band tonight, here in DC, even as I'd known of them as an Elephant 6 band, so their authenticity was sort of assured beforehand. The "sort of" was erased by how genuinely unique they are - but what mattered most is the breadth and new-ness of their collective vision - they're melancholic, but like the melancholy in a really arresting dream, one you don't forget. The best bands from Athens, and they are unusually legion, have a kind of open charter to be unstoppably curious and ungovernably expressive, like receiving the holy breath of an invisible guru.. Elf Power has clearly been receiving it for years, now…


Formed: 1994 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Athens, Georgia-based Elf Power emerged as part of the second wave of bands linked to the Elephant 6 Recording Company collective, a coterie of like-minded lo-fi indie groups -- including the Apples (In Stereo), Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Olivia Tremor Control -- who shared musicians, ideas, and sensibilities. Formed by singers/multi-instrumentalists Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter, Elf Power debuted in 1995 with the self-released Vainly Clutching at Phantom Limbs, followed a year later by the...
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