Ela Orleans (HB Recordings) is a Polish musician now based in Glasgow, UK. She was a member of pop collagists Hassle Hound, has played with various luminaries of the New York experimental and noise scenes and is a composer for the screen and theatre. Over the course of Orleans’ music career, her tagline and brief description for her music has always been “Movies for Ears”. In the work Orleans pushes her pastoral pop roots into more cinematic terrain, experimenting with carefully considered sound art segments, complex electronic textures and orchestral flourishes. She has a number of solo recordings and numerous collaborative releases on labels such as All Saints Records, Warp, Parental Guidance, La Station Radar, Night People, Clan Destine Records, Twisted Nerve and Staubgold. She currently works on her upcoming LP with musician and producer – Howie B. The record will be released by HB Recordings in April 2015.
Orleans utilizes instruments, electronics and her softly spun vocal to make some of the finest echo-drenched ’60s chamber pop around. Her ability to flip sound into more panoramic symphonic expanses is deeply uncanny and the perfect counterbalance for her breezy, baroque-flavored moments. During her career she released “High Moon Low Sun” CD, 2008, “Lost” LP, 2009 “Mars Is Heaven” LP, 2011, “NEO PI-R” LP, 2011 and “Tumult in Clouds”, 2LP, 2012. She also released a split LP “Double Feature” with Dirty Beaches (Night People and La Station Radar) as well as contributed to the four way split LP “Statement” with Slim Twig, Dirty Beaches and U.S Girls. She has played with Dirty Beaches, Lee Renaldo, Magic Markers, Julia Holter, Space Lady, Lower Dens, Vaselines, The Pastels, Baby Dee, Quintron, The KVB, Le Volume Courbe, Remember Remember, Jackie O Motherfucker, The Pheromoans, and many others.