ELKS IN PARIS, a music project featuring a new album from Eric Lichter (EL) produced by Ken Stringfellow (KS).
Both musicians have ties to the Pacific Northwest music scene. Eric has been a longtime contributing songwriter for the Green Pajamas and Picture Day. He has a previous solo album, Palm Wine Sunday Blue on Parasol Records. Ken was a founding member of The Posies, The Disciplines and spent a decade touring and recording with REM.
The idea behind ELKS In Paris was to record an album in the world's most beautiful city. For a long time, the dream was only that - until a community of supporters mobilized to finance the project via Kickstarter. Eric flew to Paris in late June of 2012. He spent 10 days working with Ken at Le Domicile Studios in the fabulous Bastille district. There was little sleep, lots of coffee and beaucoup work. When the frenzy was over they had ten great new songs.
The music is dreamy, acoustic-psychedelic pop. Alternately bright and forlorn, simmering and exploding. Catchy choruses, gentle undertones, and a few sharp blasts of wind to blow your head clear. Feels a bit like a season in Paris, with the colors, moods and sensations changeable hour by hour.