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Ela Orleans is a Polish musician, who lives and works in New York.
She was in a few experimental / noise projects
based in NYC such as: 3i’s (with Marc Orleans and Pete Nolan),
Ozone Swimmers (with Marc Orleans), Franklin’s Mint (with Phil Franklin).
She played with Jackie O Motherfucker, Kevin Shea, Wende K. Blass and Scarcity of Tanks.
She collaborate since 2008 with skitter (glasgow) for some experimentale project.
She is also a member of “Hassle Hound”
The band has releases on Staubgold, Pickled Egg, Twisted Nerve and Textile Records
High Moon, Low Sun (first solo album ) on Setola di Maiale (Italy) 2008
REVIEWS // INTERVIEW...
>>>> see interview BY Impose Magazine
>>>> ELA ORLEANS by HARTZINE
>>>> see review on 20jazzfunkgreats
“…a funereal anthem of treble and reverb which materialises in front of you like
a faded postcard from a frozen tundra beyond the fiery sea- it makes us think of Nico…”
>>>> See review on Foxy Digitalis
“…it almost sounds like a transmission from some sort of oldies station from another dimension…Despite the reference points mentioned in this review, this album truly sounds unique, and is frequently quite astonishing. And true to its title (and theme), this is an album I'm finding myself getting lost in while I'm listening”
>>>> See review on
“…une radio magique captant les ondes hertziennes d’un autre temps, un jukebox hanté par une voix profonde et délicate …”
>>>> See review on
“…The idyllic beach-house guitar conjured up an atmosphere all twilight and palm trees – a far cry from the stark onstage cluster of sampler boxes in a drafty warehouse…”
>>>>Ela orleans by Joseph Ghosn
>>>>Ela orleans by No Conclusion
>>>>Album LOST - review - dusted magazine
On Lost, Polish-born Ela Orleans sings some songs, assembling them via creaking guitar circles, keyboards, violin and samples. These elements are blended into a soupy haze that suggests 16mm film flicker, sweet candy and lost loves. As a sometimes-member of Hasslehound, Orleans is no stranger to samples and processing, but in her solo work everything is smoothed over by the songcraft. Her weird, slightly timid voice ghosts over everything rather unconventionally, but there’s beauty in hesitation. Moments of sentimentality are undercut by strange hybrids; guest guitarist Wende K. Blass absolutely shreds on "Yes, Of Course" and "Barry Lyndon", getting into traditional Spanish/flamenco forms laid over smoldering embers. The lyrics are assembled from various poems and short stories (penned by herself and others, as well as a Bill Withers cover) but somehow feel like Moe Tucker’s proto-twee moments. It’s a fine style for the music, which is occasionally quite dark, and always busy. I found myself wondering how much the cover art played in my interpretation of the sounds—a blurry, monochrome photograph, with physical damage quite evident. Orleans’s arrangements are lush, yet monochromatic as well; not black and white, necessarily, but a palette that revolves around only one musical hue. It’s a splendid one, though. (Justin Wunsch)
WORDS from sabrina Lessard ....
Hailing from Poland and currently living in New York,
Ela Orleans has graced us with her musical generosity once again.
Her latest endeavor "Lost" resembles a short histoire de l'amour,complete with instrumental soundscapes filling in the gaps between her narrative lyrics.
In her low moan longing and sampled layers, Ela Orleans takes us into a demure,
suave landscape where internalizing is required and desire untouchable except behind closed doors. Harmonies melt into the sweet longing to be wanted and loved. The album flows like a film (what Orleans describes as "movies for ears"), each track constructing a different scene, at times through a screaming violin or through electronic dystopic swirls building the perfect background for her revealing lyrics. The joy in listening to Ms.
Orleans comes in her precise editing of verse and melody where she lures you into her dreamy marshmallow jungle while keeping you just on the cusp of euphoria, revealing itself as mature restraint or masochistic benevolence. As she sings, "I am lost without you," you become lost in her voice, the antithesis of the verse, delicate and sweet,
as if she is daring you to actually feel the sadness wrapped so eloquently in a simple melody.
On three of the tracks Wende K. Blass offers beautifully dense and spirited guitar riffs over the layers of sampled mayhem and harmonies giving the tracks fullness. The success of this pairing comes as no surprise being that Ms. Orleans has been involved in several musical collaborations such as Hassle Hound the Scotland/NY based trio who brought us heavy sampling and whimsical absurdity. While maintaining her presence in the experimental/noise New York music scene, Ms. Orleans has participated in the BMI film scoring and mentorship program "Composing for the Screen 2009" and has been a recipient of the NYFA immigrant mentorship program where she worked with renowned drummer Lukas Ligeti. With the many contributions Ela Orleans continues to make, there is a thread she weaves throughout the music, traveling in waves of melodic fragility and fierce honesty. As in any great work of art you are left wanting more, and thankfully for us this is just the beginning.
1- something higher
2-"yes, of course"
5-Rocket Trip to Nowhere
Ela Orleans lp
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