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Three years have past since Ellul released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut. Since then, the band has toured nationally and recently released The Debris, a charity EP for Haitian Earthquake survivors. The album not only raised thousands of dollars for The General's homeland, but also hinted at the new sonic directions explored in Ashes, their latest full length album.
In a world full of snap shot songs, the album Ashes is a motion picture. Musically and emotionally varied, this work is a chronicle of what once was and what might yet be. These are the sounds and textures of loss and restoration. The album was recorded over an intense two year period (2008-2010) for the band. Divorce papers came and went; living situations in flux and identities in question. Ashes tone is atmospheric, lost sometimes in a cloud of unknowing. Lyrically, the duo is completely exposed: exploring issues of loss, deceit and the complete collapse of everything that was once held dear. It's clear Ellul has not stopped asking questions, aware that many will remain unanswered.
With sounds this transparent and personal it's not surprising that Ashes was entirely produced by the Ellul. Taking the torch from Asthmatic Kitty Artist/Producer/friend Chris Schlarb, the band recorded, mixed, and mastered the album at studios all over the San Francisco Bay - most notably at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Ellul has surrendered to the momentum, and is looking forward to move with it.
released 12 October 2010
Ellul is Joel St. Julien and Joel Tarman/ Joel St. Julien is The General and Joel Tarman is Blankethead.
The General: Vocals, guitars, bass, monome, electronics, percussion, programming/sound design, field recordings
Blankethead: Vocals, keys, monome, electronics, programming/sound design.
Strings on Birthright composed and arranged by The General
Danielle Cohen plays Cello on Birthright
Chris Schlarb plays guitars on Birthright and Memoriam. He also recorded drums on Grave Peddlers, Drone, and Memoriam.
Andrew Pompey played drums on Grave Peddlers, Drone and Memoriam.
Drone contains a sample of "Manned Space Capsule" by Ken Nordine (with permission) from his album "How Are Things in Your Town" (1971, Blue Thumb Records)
Album Artwork by The General
Thanks to Rhea, our Family and Friends, Ken Nordine, Danielle Cohen, Chris Schlarb, ANdrew Pompey, Felix, Ron Stuekle, Steffan Franz and IDC, the entire Pyramind Crew, Jeff Ray and Mission Creek Music Festival and Jeffery Wood and Jessie Nichols at Fantasy Studios.
This album is dedicated to the people of Haiti!
Recorded at Home, Sunset Youth Studios, Fantasy Studios, and Pyramind Studios 2008-2010 in San Francisco, CA / Fantasy Studio sessions were recorded by Jessie Nichols / Drums on Grave Peddlers, Drone and Memoriam were recorded and produced by Chris Schlarb in Long Beach, CA
All songs written by Ellul
Produced, mixed and recorded by Ellul unless otherwise noted.
Mastered by Michael Romanowski
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