Release date: 4 February 2014
The newest El Ten Eleven EP is the same cinematic, classical compositionally-styled post-rock that you’ve come to expect this scene. For emily (sic) features gorgeous major-chord riffs, a plethora of instruments, and multiple movements within three six-minute tracks. They don’t really push the envelope here at all (is there really anything to push?), so each song just kinda blurs together. El Ten Eleven are technically proficient and make some thoroughly complex arrangements, but that isn’t all there is in life. Oh well. For Emily is still a stunning and impressive release. It’s all instrumental, glittering, and lovely; and would probably work well in getting some non-initiates into cinematic post-rock (especially the final track, “Reprise,” which is a true highlight). It just comes across as “too perfect,” if that makes since? Like there isn’t much life in it, despite the textural beauty. But hey, if you’re into this style of pastoral and electronically-influenced mostly-acoustic post-rock, then you’ll dig totally this release.
Good for morning shows. Released on New Records.
All clean! Play any.
1. Nova Scotia – (5:34)
2. YYES! – (6:57)
3. Reprise – (6:43)
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, Mogwai, Do Make Say Think, Sigur Rós