Katie Elevitch | Now Is The Destination

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Now Is The Destination

by Katie Elevitch

A sonic devotional journey across lush landscapes of groove rock, deep soul and pop-folk that carries you into meditations on longing, loss, liberation, the spirituality of sex and the transcendence of love.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Can't Stop This Heart
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2. Ready When You Are
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3. Now Is The Destination
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4. Oxbow Legacy
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5. Don't Be Scared
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6. Dream Girl
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9. We Are Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Produced by Tony Maimone and Riley McMahon

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KATIE ELEVITCH is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and band leader who fearlessly forges a sound straight from the Source; Her songs and live shows lure you into a sonic devotional journey across sensual landscapes of groove rock, soul and folk, that carry you into meditations on longing, loss, liberation, the spirituality of sex and the transcendence of love.

Her debut album, Now Is The Destination, which was produced by Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants) and Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode & His Enemies) successfully fuses elements of improvisation heavy 70's rock and funk, the flavors of old school r&b, the story telling and poetry of folk, and the big hooks and lushness of pop music.

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The daughter of an American born Jewish-Lithuanian WWII veteran, published author - and cousin of Bob Dylan - and a mother whose is a descendent of singing Bulgarian Gypsies, Katie was reared as a performer from an early age, acting in musical and dramatic community theater and singing Mozart, Debussy and Vivaldi in choirs. As a teenager she fronted rock bands and wrote and recorded music with her older brother Nik, a multi-instrumentalist and poet.

In 1992 she moved to New York City and studied Jazz Voice and Piano at Mannes College of Music and began rehearsing at Georgio Gomelsky's now infamous music studio in Chelsea which at the time housed Jeff Buckley, Jesse Malin and Ed Pastorini (Beth Orton, Elysian Fields, 101 Crustaceans), and at one time, Sonic Youth. Katie's focus and learning intensified during this period, as she quietly absorbed all that was around her, both in the music scene at large, and literally, coming through the walls of her basement studio where she practiced and taught herself guitar, bass and drums and began composing her own songs. Eventually she began performing throughout NYC, as well as at venues in San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

In the Spring of 2003, producer/bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and producer/guitarist Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Preston Clarke) teamed up with Katie, executive producer and song-writer/arranger, to develop Katie's songs. Over the next several months they recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Studio G Brooklyn with engineer/mixer Joel Hamilton (Martha Wainwright, Ani DiFranco, Sparklehorse, Player's Club) and such incredible musicians as Marlon Browden on drums (Vernon Reid, John Scofield), Chris Brown on rhodes/organ/clavinet (Ani DiFranco) and Suphala on tabla (Perry Farrell).

The resulting album, 'Now Is The Destination', has been praised by the Village Voice (Voice Choice 6/04 and 4/05, Chuck Eddy), The Big Takeover (Issue #55) and many artists including visionary NYC-based musicians Chocolate Genius and Carl Hancock Rux.

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Katie continues to develop new material and thrives on live collaboration and improvisation that challenge boundaries between rock, folk and jazz. Her Sophomore Album, "Kindling for the Fire" is now aavailable online at cdbaby.com as well as on Katie's website.

The official website, www.KatieElevitch.com will be re-launched in early 2009.


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Pete Galub

You get more with each listen.
I like this CD because it has a very dark element
in its approach to the production and songs
themselves, that is missing from most song-oriented
pop and dance/funk music today. It is not unlike some
Massive Attack songs, or late 70's Roxy Music. Katie
wears her heart on her sleeve and it bleeds through
the tape. You get more with each listen. I do.- pg

The Big Takeover Issue No. 55

Don't hesitate to discover this new talent
Brooklyn artist Katie Elevitch's first full-length album fulfills her early promise and then some. The fuller production here has transformed her music, tightening her songs even while expanding her sound with such wonderful
touches as the affirmative harmony vocals on "Don't Be Scared," the eerie strings on "Oxbow Legacy," and the jagged funk that powers several tracks. Elevitch and co-producers Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and Riley McMahon
(Big Black Nun, One Left -- and Amy Rigby's brother) have wisely left space in some of the arrangements, notably on "Tiny Bonfires," recalling Jeff Buckley in its sparely instrumented emotionality, Indian influence, vibrant
vocals, and extravagant imagery. Yes, lyrically Elevitch holds nothing back. Sometimes that means Liz Phair-like frank sensuality, but tastefully done, not merely shocking; the overall sense is of sex as transcendental
experience (as on the title track's poetic description of a woman-to-woman kiss). But there's an undercurrent of danger typified by the line 'knowing is the stain that awaits/awakes'-- dead-on whichever way she's singing it;
if she's singing both, even better. Don't hesitate
to discover this new talent. - Steve Holtje

The Village Voice

Hippie-folk plunging toward jam-band funk
Hippie-folk plunging toward jam-band funk complete with tablas, percussion, and strings, from a local lady whose granola-flavored 'Now Is the Destination' was produced by Tony Maimone. - Chuck Eddy, Village Voice Choice, 6/30/04

Nevin Martell

undeniably potent and strikingly mature
Alternating between sultry come-ons and soul-baring confessionals on her latest album, 'Now is the Destination', Katie Elevitch deftly combines the raw honesty of the blues, the storytelling techniques of folk music, and the sexually-charged urgency of R&B. This undeniably potent and strikingly mature collection of songs puts this NYC-based singer/songwriter eons ahead of her MTV contemporaries who are content to moan on about life at the shallow end. If now is the destination, then Katie Elevitch has arrived. - Nevin Martell
music journalist, author of 'Dave Matthews Band: Music for the People'

Carl Hancock Rux

wrestles your ear to the ground
Katie Elevitch enunciates a groove that wrestles your ear to the ground and commands your attention. ‘Now Is The Destination’ is on the kick-ass side of f*#@ yeah!
-Carl Hancock Rux, Obie award-winning playwright, novelist, actor & recording artist(Giant Step Records).

justin

kid nova says yes, and nobody denies the nova's choice!
Nova seems to swim in sea of shallow waters these days among the small fish that of few rise to the top to feed and/or instead they devour each other to live. But as he swims deeper into the sea a great hump arise out of the waters that seems to be no fish! A mammal that has no leader and whos followers are only the small barnecles that attach and depend on thee for thier livelyhood! A striking contrast in a increasingly mondain oceon! Katie is this whale in a sea of monantany! a presense to be reconed with musicly in a pop culture sea with schools of fashion fish feeding on musical worms and fiscal hooks. Hear the sounds that Katie echoes in this vast empty sea of Brittnies And Hiltons! Her hump rises vastly above thier hairdoos and hummers!
Justin aka Kid Nova