El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven (15th Anniversary Edition)

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Released 27th September 2019 on coloured vinyl.



15 years ago Kristian Dunn & Tim Fogarty released their ST debut album as El Ten Eleven. The self-released LP received only modest attention initially, but the project would go on to defy all expectations, gradually attracting a significant cult audience of loyal fans. "It was a glacial pace," Dunn said of the process. "When we first put it out there was very little reaction. But the reaction we did get was very passionate, which was exciting for us because we felt like we were on to something." Defying expectations is standard operating procedure for El Ten Eleven. Seriously, who would expect two instrumentalists to create such a large and complex sound? But thanks to inventive arrangements and a masterful use of looping, Dunn (bass/guitar) and Fogarty (drums) developed a pulsating sound full of atmospheric intensity.

Early on Dunn feared the quirkiness of the group's 2 man band approach would overshadow their music. "When we first started and we made that first record, I was really worried that people would only be interested in the novelty of us looping and playing everything by ourselves as just two people," Dunn shared. "I was worried that they wouldn't be moved by the music. The music of El Ten Eleven has been embraced by fans of many genres - from math rock, to jazz, to lo-fi hip-hop. The duo's sound is sharply evocative in mood and feeling, yet simultaneously abstract and meditative. The combination of these qualities has stimulated the imagination of the group's fans, and gives space for listeners to assign their own value and meaning to the sounds. When El Ten Elven was released in 2004, on-demand music streaming services were still in their embryonic phase. The growth of those services would be a consequential factor in introducing El Ten Eleven's music to the world. Dunn views the development of digital music distribution services as a liberating force for artists, an effective channel to sidestep the suffocating control of corporate media. "Really, this is a Golden Age of music," Dunn observed. "I think this is the greatest time in history to be a musician. We don't have to rely on MTV or a radio station to be heard. If you make something great people will find it. I'm not saying what we did was great, but that's what we were aiming for. I figured people would find us and they did. It took a long time, but it worked." For all the band's fans who discovered this album via online streaming services, JNR's deluxe vinyl reissue of El Ten Eleven provides an excellent opportunity to bypass the compromised bitrates and crappy laptop speakers associated with digital listening, allowing listeners to experience this music in all of its full-frequency high-fidelity glory. Meanwhile, Dunn remains humbled by the ongoing interest in El Ten Eleven's debut. It's surpassed my expectations for longevity and impact, and of course we're happy about that."

Tracklisting:

My Only Swerving
Sorry About Your Irony
Lorge
1969
Central Nervous Piston
Thinking Loudly
Fanshawe
Connie
Bye Mom


Artist El Ten Eleven
Title El Ten Eleven (15th Anniversary Edition)
Label Joyful Noise Recordings
Format LP (Coloured)
Release Date 27th September 2019
Cat Number JNR312LPC1

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