Great Elk – Autogeography (Hear-Here!)
Great Elk – I’m Going to Bend (from: Autogeography)
Mostly chilled folk-rock is what “Great Elk” is creating. The songs are heavy on lyrical stories and light on bombast. I expect the coming full-length LP release of Autogeography will continue this trend and appeal to a very diverse yet discerning audience. Check out where they have been (below) to get a taste of what is coming (above). The new album definitely has an Americana feel to it.
Autogeography has no shortage of infectious rockers, kicking off with the raucous “The Weight of the Sea.” “Give Up” may best be described as a hook-packed dirge, lamenting a life stuck between the city and the country. There are a few slow burners as well, including, “Your Worst Nightmare”, “Liquid”, and “Big Black Sea”, which ends in a 2-minute march to cacophony, then gives way to a barely breathing reed organ and delicate piano line. Tucked in the middle is “Oh, My Home, My Ohio”, a live acoustic performance in which Basile sings of the intimate connection between person and land — “I knew each rock and tree limb, knew each smell and sound. Land and body sewn together, silent and profound.”