Elanors: Movements

[29 October 2006]

By Jason MacNeil

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very moving pieces of work, opening with “The Lion”, which sounds like a cross between Starsailor and Radiohead. It is a very pretty track that you could fall asleep to as equally as you could fall in love with it. Just as engaging is the slow, soulful, and very tender “Counsel of Bodies”, which beams brilliantly. Elanors can also be very lush and large sounding, especially on the inviting “She Had a Dream”, sounding like Ricky Nelson fronting Sigur Ros in certain spots. What makes this album so damn appealing is how well they maintain a high level of quality and consistency, with “Drifters” sounding like a possible Ron Sexsmith track circa Cobblestone Runway, while the sweet “Do You Know My Name” resembles a Rufus Wainwright composition. Perhaps the lone number which has them reaching a bit is “Tricks”, with its sullen, Coldplay-meets-Thom Yorke feeling.

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