Band of the Day

2013.11.05

Ellie Herring

Steady downtempo grooves that intertwine sadness, beauty, and light
I might lose my mind, that's what they said…I'm just Thinking JFK.
lyrics from Thinking JFK

Ellie Herring is an American born electronic musician and producer. Her first EP, Flailing In Attraction, released with Race Car Productions (USA) in 2011 following up with the first full length, Satiate out on Phantasma Disques (Germany) in January 2012. Her work has been remixed by the likes of Amtrac, VHVL, Albert Swarm, Sines, Nature Program, Porcelain Fangs, The Librarian, and Skeleton Hands. Ellie has been featured on Impose, ISO 50,The 405,You Ain't No Picasso, MAAMF, Ace, Bowlegs, Autostraddle, and others. She has shared the stage with Class Actress, SSION, MEN, Eliot Lipp, Ana Sia, The Polish Ambassador, VHS or Beta, Big Gigantic, Yip Deceiver, Dieselboy, Designer Drugs, Parallels, and Bitch. Ellie Herring returns with her second RACECAR release entitled Kite Day.This much anticipated album is released on CD with remixes by Albert Swarms, Sines + Katastrophic, and VHVL. Kite Day is dark yet playful, as if the children of the corn went dancing. Sounds that appear to come out of nowhere leave you scratching your head and wondering how Ellie creates such gritty yet beautiful sounds. All the while, the groove is steady and strong, daring you not to move your feet.This may be her most experimental release to date and it manages to be her best. Kite Day intertwines sadness, beauty, and life. “Anti Alias” starts with the found sounds of society before plunging into a ghostly symphony. Broken by mourning bells and the cries of sadness only to pull us back into the pulse. “Don’t Fall” stutters as the soul playfully builds only to slip into the depths.You are warned to not fall down or lose your step as ambient waves crash over you. The beauty grows as minor and major waves warm your skin. “Thinking JFK” Like a rainy day, the stillness is interrupted by an infectious break, pensive and disconnected. Alone yet kindred, wanting more but not having the words. “Always Just OK” is so much better than just ok, but are we? Staccato stabs with trills swarm the low-lying underbelly.The current falls apart as the rhythm grows and grows, only to finally lie in peace. “Full Eyed” as the pupils dilate and transform. Insanity and confusion build as the suspect birds pass overhead. The sighs of madness and the metallic blasts end with a single cold, piercing synth. “Say A.M.” A chorus of specters, howling as they move down the assembly line like a brigade of twisted robots, heading towards the darkness. “10 Hours in Prague” is the dance of the dead. Marching skeletons playing their ghostly trumpets as we sink into the grime on the dance floor. We are stuck in the murk, but we can’t stop moving. Moving deeper into the abyss of rhythm. “Anti Alias (VHVL Remix)”VHVL inserts a melody-laden groove into Anti-Alias. Cut and sliced while inserting a frenzied percussion that bends and dives until the sun comes up. “Thinking JFK (Albert Swarm Remix)”Albert Swarm ushers us into a creepy cellar filled with otherworldly whispers when the toybox is wound up and finally allowed to open. As it swirls around your head, are we sure the evil can’t get out? “Thinking JFK (Sines + Katastrophic Remix)” Sines and Katastrophic offer a groove that is chopped and screwed with a double dose of codeine. Reverberated and lazy synthesizers are covered by falling water drops that sprinkle upon this mad dreamscape. Will you ever wake up?