Elfin Saddle – Ringing For The Begin Again
Elfin Saddle’s music is gently mystical, calmly wide-eyed, and consistently guided by crystalline melodies deployed over the group’s building blocks of accordion and junkyard percussion. Jordan and Emi trade off on these instruments and on vocal duties, with Jordan singing in English and Emi in Japanese. Supplemented by acoustic guitar, ukulele, banjo, xylophone and bells, the result is a truly unique hybrid folk music, woven from simple, insistent instrumental elements and vocal rounds. The addition of Nathan Gage (Shapes And Sizes) on double bass and tuba creates a new anchor for these magical tunes.
Ringing For The Begin Again is a highly organic song cycle; the music sounds as if it had been dug up from dark, rich earth, or forged directly out of the seasonal extremes of Canadian nature, with the instrumentation like a shelter of wood, moss, grasses and packed earth within which simple and cyclical rituals of invocation and parable can be shaped and intoned. Song after song emerges as if from a sort of hibernation, inscribing its own little portal and then breaking open through it, letting in the elements and harnessing them into harmonious coalescence.
1. The Bringer
2. Running Sheep
3. Hammer Song
5. Muskeg Parade
6. The Living Light
7. The Procession
8. Temple Daughter
9. The Ocean
Running time: 00:41:05
The CD and LP are packaged in a 100% recycled cardstock jacket with original artwork by Jordan and Emi. Includes additional artwork and lyric sheet on a fine paper insert.
Jordan McKenzie: vocals, accordion, guitar, xylophone, drums, etc.
Nathan Gage: double bass, tuba
GUESTSJessica Moss: violin
Nick Scribner: trumpet
Recorded and mixed at Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Efrim Menuck, winter of 2008-2009. Mastered at Grey Market by Harris Newman.