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ESSEX GREEN, THE

Hardly Electronic

Merge Records

$23.00

Formed in Brooklyn in 1998, The Essex Green released four albums between 1999 and 2006. They became one of the few bands from the Northeast to be associated with the groundbreaking Elephant 6 Collective. Their unique blend of harmony-infused pop music culminated in the 2006 release of Cannibal Sea.

Hardly Electronic explores the evolution of old friendships, the sadness of losing touch, the inadequacies of technology, and finally, the desire for reconnection with songs like "Bye Bye Crow" and "Slanted by Six." Themes of connectivity for the online generation are on display in the war cry chorus of "Don't Leave It in Our Hands," while songs like "Bristol Sky" and "January Says" hint at how the same technology-connected culture can create division and distance, even in the most personal of relationships.

On the flip side, the wonders of technology (and jumbo jets) made the recording possible. With Bell living in Montana, Ziter in Vermont, and Baron on the river, finding w ays to work together was challenging. The result is classic Essex Green sonic diversity. 



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