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Elf Power
Elf Power
Orange Twin Records
www.elfpower.com


I found a real treat in Elf Power's new album of the same name. Whereas most self-titled albums are typically debuts, Elf Power has an extensive discography dating back to the mid 1990s. The band hails from Athens, Georgia and recently supported the very popular Broken Bells on tour.

Elf power has all the elements to please any indie rock fan. Andrew Rieger's modest but charming vocals are reminiscent of Album Leaf or Radical Face. The band has a warm, homey tone that feels familiar yet distinguished. Oh, plus pianos and violins.

The album kicks off with the pounding rhythms of "The Taking Under." Personally, my favorite track is probably "Boots Of Lead" with its jamtastic piano and glittering guitar that morphs into the kind of wailing riffs expected from the likes of Modest Mouse. Another favorite is "The Concrete And The Walls." It has a much different feel, comprised primarily of electronic instruments in contrast to the more traditional instrumentation on the rest of the album. The album closes on a tender tone with the folky "Little Hand".

All in all, Elf Power's Elf Power is a good listen. If you like Band Of Horses, The Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, Album Leaf, Radical Face, or Optigonally Yours, give Elf Power a listen.

-Kelsey Rodgers

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