ELM – DOG
Limited edition: 400 black vinyl, 100 marbled
Small towns in the countryside are all obstinately the same wherever you go: loneliness, abjection, rage. From a godforsaken place somewhere up in the North, The ELM tell their stories with languages and images of the American Bible Belt, land of obsessed preachers and sleazy moralism, cradle of inveterate losers and alienation.
This is the setting of the stories they tell in their new album DOG wandering places lost somewhere between reality and imagination: swamps and deserts where God is just a mere memory that leaves only a pale reflection, a dark and distorted echo that fosters the need for the absolute of irredeemable Sinners who live under the burden of their stories.
Stories from the darkest places of our society that nobody wants to tell, stories that need no judgement, where the outcasts end up unsurprisingly all in the same way. Stories told through killer riffs and nasty plots by four respectable members of the community, who live the honest and relaxed small-town life.
Picture-perfect white-collars trying to keep the balance in their double life that lies on the edge between clarity and filthy insanity, the ELM welcomes you to the delightful Italian forsaken suburbs, where the Southern cross the dog.
DOG was recorded live at Elm’s rehearsal studio in April 2017. Mixing process came immediately after. Elm used every piece of their instruments taking every single sound to the extreme limit . Holed up in their den, they used no producer from outside, since they already knew exactly the sound of DOG: a dirty, sharp crushing evil’n’roll, constantly overloaded.
Ettore Dordo from Hubsolut Studio from Cuneo (IT) took care of the mastering process with a clear hint: bring the sound over the maximum impact level. Enjoy the Cult.
All Songs by ELM
Except “Folsom Prison Blues” Written by Johnny Cash
Recorded and mixed at ELM’s Rehearsal Room in april 2017
Mastered by Ettore Dordo at HUBsolut Studio, Cuneo (IT)
Released via Bronson Recordings on Vinyl BR012/007 (barcode 8033622535812),
CD BRCD/002 (Barcode 8033622535829) and digital.
Released October 20, 2017 (Italy & EU), December 12, 2017 (Worldwide)
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Confrontational – Kingdom of Night
The tracks on ‘Kingdom of Night’ (the second entry in a trilogy that started with ‘A Dance With Shadows’) are sounding darker, deeper and heavier than ever before. There was a deliberate focus on trying to create some classic anthems in the songwriting process – tracks with relentless beats, an emphasis on melody and a really driving chorus. The lyrics are quite representative of the whole album as well – a reaction to the fear, isolation and disconnection of this day and age… with hope looming somewhere in the distance. I was heavily influenced by my hometown of Cagliari, Sardinia, and its esoteric aura can be felt strongly throughout the LP in more than one way. I have been working very closely on the artwork with Branca Studio, and I could not be happier with the results.
The new collaborations make me extremely proud of the release: the unmistakable lead synth of the amazing Cody Carpenter is coming back with a vengeance on “Crimson Curtains”, there’s the cinematic melancholia of Ugo Laurenti (the Italian composer who scored Pupi Avati’s ‘Nocturnal Voices’ – a huge personal inspiration) on “Midnight Wings”, and then the beautiful, haunting voice of Hélène De Thoury (of French cold-wave act Hante) on “Keep Faith”, which marks an emotional highlight on the album. The epic sound stones of the late Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola also make a special appearance on the tracklisting.
Out on Bronson Recording 3rd July 2017- Limited Edition on translucent blue vinyl (500 copies)
Genre: dark synth retrowave
1) Kingdome Come
2) In the line of fire
3) Without fear
4) Stand your ground
5) Midnight wings
7) Keep Faith
8) The night is done
9) Crimson Curtains