Over a number of sessions and projects they got to know one another. Not so unusual for Berlin, as the local Indie scene is particularly impressive for its lively exchange. Up until 2006 Elyjah created instrumental songs, were permanently on the look-out for singers, until one fine day Robert discovered he had a singing voice. You might well ask why this took so long, as Robert’s voice on their debut album “Planet Planet’ has an unmistakably striking tone to it. Elyjah plough their own furrow, which has less to do with discretion than with taking care.
Their low-key style can indeed seem rebellious, one can detect a certain chuzpe, their musical ability is obvious and they make formidable use of it. A hypothesis: The first song of their debut album is called “Traverse” and is an allusion - a friendly reference to the family clan of Thomas Pynchon’s novels. An author who is known particularly for his irreverence towards genre limitations and the way he blows them apart with his mixture of styles. Okay, that’s bold, but maybe not that absurd. For Elyjah also work with what’s there and often bring blatantly contradictory preferences together.
“Planet Planet” is a kind of crucible, which fuses epic songs like “V’ger” with the austere pop of “Wired Song”. There are times when the spirit of old school Indie a la Superchunk is audible, then again there are traces of theatrical pieces by Refused, Turing Machine and also the Smashing Pumpkins. In all this keep in mind the fact that Elyjah use classic Rock instrumentation, without eliciting any of the usual corny, harsh sounds from it. Not one style has simply vanished, everything is included in “Planet Planet”.
It’s probably called openness. And the musical trend? Lacking a better name for it let’s simply say Post-Rock. How is it possible to bring everything into the music and yet to remain so completely ‘oneself’? The booklet for “Planet Planet” is a clue to a possible explanation. On the cover we see the six inner rings of a target, which apparently is under fire. The surface of the target is drilled by bullets, its centre is encircled by little black holes.
We are confronted by a formal concept which can easily be applied to Elyjah’s way of working. The innermost ring on the target is the place of the greatest desire, the marksman strives for perfection, in order to hit it. “Planet Planet’ is what Elyjah has seen in this innermost ring. They have drawn the circles so tightly around themselves, until in the end only they stand at the centre, at the heart where everything reaches maximum intensity. That’s why they did everything themselves and never looked for outside support.
Why ask for help, if you want to remain as close to everything as possible? “Planet Planet” is therefore the result of a two-year production process, which was not always easy, because there was noone other than themselves to deal with. With self-generated ideas and ways of imagining how the music, which arises in the midst of three individuals, might sound. The vision of the inner circle was so strong, that they promptly decided to found their own record label. To have everything in their own hands and to do away with compromises, in order to emerge as a unified force. “Planet Planet” from the very first note to the last line printed, is as the band wanted it to be. The debut album “Planet Planet” will appear on the 20th of November on Klimbim Records, the band’s own label.
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