Originally formed in Athens back in the early 90s, the quartet of Elf Power have developed a reputation through their involvement with the famed Elephant 6 Collective, and the release of several albums that were critically applauded, including 2004’s Walking with the Beggar Boys.
October 1st marks the release of the band’s latest effort, Sunlight on the Moon, and it interestingly enough, coincides with American tour dates with the revived Neutral Milk Hotel — the band that Elf Power toured with for their first tour over 15 years ago.
The new album reportedly manages to combine the band’s scuzzy lo-fi sound of their early records; their recent experiments in ambient and minimalist electronica reminiscent of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno; and the muscular insistence of their live shows in a seamless manner. Although that may be true, the material I’ve heard from the band’s forthcoming album Sunlight on the Moon reminds me quite a bit of the Stone Roses or the Jesus and Mary Chain — but sleazier and straight out of the garage. However, unlike the previous singles from the album, the latest single “Lift the Shell:” has weird bits of feedback in the background, adding a subtle airiness to the buzzing power chords while still retaining a muscular insistence.