Elk’s “Honey Range EP” is a CD that for about a month, had fallen by the wayside. It was released only limitedly in the begining of December and I neglected to download it until I returned to this log cabin in January. Since I finally recovered it’s digital-only files, it’s been a non-stop play for me at home and on both of my radio shows (Cabinet of Curiosities bows down to it every week).
Mr. Elk (as some like to call him, his real name is Justin Stein) was originally inspired by Ellie Greenwich of 60s pop song-writing greatness and the repetitiveness of drone and Steve Reich. The result of this inspiration is a 4-track EP that boasts girl-group orchestral pop ushered in by the sounds of thunder and filtered by a cloud of fuzz and fog. Later tracks are beautiful psych pop songs woven with church choir-like shrills, primal cricket-like beats, and the sounds of the ocean.
The first two track on the EP (the less noisy ones, I’m only partially sorry to say) are on his myspace.
They’re certainly worth listening, but I don’t think your mind will blow with those quite as much as it will with the other two (Big Splash and Cliff Diving), so go on, get searching (or, of course, listen to Cabinet of Curiosities tomorrow at 9pm!)