The Essex Green – Don’t Leave It In Our Hands
The Essex Green
"Don’t Leave It In Our Hands"
From Hardly Electronic, out 6/29 via Merge
Full US tour dates below – watch the video for "Don’t Leave It In Our Hands" now!
Fans will recognize The Essex Green’s signature sound in this work, their first since 2006’s Cannibal Sea: stacks of harmonies, upbeat melodies telling melancholy tales, layers of keys and sparkling Telecasters. Their time-honored custom of fusing obsession with spontaneity has been refined through experience and wisdom.
Hardly Electronic explores the evolution of old friendships, the sadness of losing touch, the inadequacies of technology, and finally, the desire for reconnection with songs like "Bye Bye Crow" and "Slanted by Six." Themes of connectivity for the online generation are on display in the war cry chorus of "Don’t Leave It in Our Hands," while songs like "Bristol Sky" and "January Says" hint at how the same technology-connected culture can create division and distance, even in the most personal of relationships. On the flip side, the wonders of technology (and jumbo jets) made the recording possible. With Chris and Jeff in Vermont and Sasha living in Montana, finding ways to work together was challenging. The result is classic Essex Green sonic diversity.
The Essex Green on tour:
Aug 01 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
Aug 02 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
Aug 03 Boston, MA – Great Scott
Aug 04 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Aug 06 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Aug 07 Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
Aug 08 Athens, GA – Athens Popfest
Aug 09 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Aug 10 Thomas, WV – Purple Fiddle Cafe
Aug 11 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Aug 17 Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot [FREE]
Sep 26 Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey
Sep 27 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Sep 28 Eugene, OR – Wildcraft Cider Works
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Oct 01 Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
Oct 03 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Oct 08 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
Oct 09 Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
Oct 10 Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
Oct 11 Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum Theater
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