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
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
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