Friday, July 18, 2008

Album: El Ten Eleven - These Promises Are Being Videotaped

Band: El Ten Eleven
Album: These Promises Are Being Videotaped
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008

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El Ten Eleven is a two-man post-rock band known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck, with heavy effects pedaling, over acoustic or electric drumming. Stylistically, they have been described as atmospheric, putting a much more ethereal spin on the southwestern post-rock/Americana movement than bands like Calexico or The Court & Spark, though less electronic and more organic-sounding than Tortoise or most shoegazer bands. Comparisons have also been drawn to Sigur Ros;s and The Mercury Program. It should be noted that, so far, El Ten Eleven has remained a primarily instrumental act. Spin, which picked them for Band of the Day, September 29, 2005, describes their work as "experimental instrumental music that's both highly skilled and deeply felt," and Entertainment Weekly considered their piece, "Lorge," to be "instrumental rock that's not boring." Amoeba Music adds "Moody, nutricious!" The band's self-titled debut album was released September 20, 2005 on Bar/None Records (home of Architecture in Helsinki, Trembling Blue Stars, Freedy Johnston, The Spinto Band, and the original They Might Be Giants label). In 2007 El Ten Eleven released their second album entitled "Every Direction Is North".

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