I’ve come to a startling realisation. I think I love bands with crazy ensemble names. I was obsessed with James Arlowe & The Ruffian Circus, mad about Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys and who could forget Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds?
Well, you’ll be eternally thrilled, I’m sure, to know that I’ve discovered another one and they are bloody brilliant. Not only that, they’re giving away a free track.
“Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings are a Baltimore, MD and NYC based Chamber Folk ensemble that plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes”.
Well, that’s what we are told but ‘ensemble’ doesn’t quite cover it and I far prefer the Green Light Go description which likens the band to an ‘arsenal of artists’. Together with Eli August hey are Robare Pruyn (Clarinet, Alto Sax, Accordion, Electric Guitar & Vocals), Matt DeBlass (Mandolin & Vocals), Molly Hebert-Wilson (Vocals), Noam Berg (Mandolin & Vocals), Alex Bell (Drums & Washboard), Melissa Perry (Vocals), Rebekah Greene (Double Bass), Tom Sowinski (Tuba & Vocals), Doug Bischoff (Trombone & Vocals), Terry Greene (Trombone), and Brennan Kuhns (Electric Guitar).
Believe it or not – they actually fit on a stage together!
Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings craft a stunning melody of Dark Americana, Chamber Rock and Gothic Folk. Eli August is certainly prolific and released several albums and EPs before releasing To The Weak and The Weary with the Abandoned Buildings in early 2013.
A Heartache Suit EP will be released on 2 September 2014. True to its name, this five track EP is dedicated to heartache and it is dark. In fact, it is only when you really listen to the lyrics that you realise just how dark it is.
The EP begins with the instrumental “Overture” featuring a refrain that will be reprised in the closing track “Wrought”. “Although You’re Gone” takes us off to a foot-stomping, angry start which is followed by the deceptively upbeat tracks “Holy Ghost” and “Slow Start”. I’d say August has captured that faux-cheery sarcasm of post-relationship hell pretty well.
As brilliant as the EP is, I was quite grateful for its short length once I reached the end of the devastating and breathtaking finale “Wrought”. I’m not quite sure my emotions could have withstood a further onslaught and if ever I am unlucky enough to suffer another broken heart, this is going to be my theme tune. (Note to universe: if it’s okay, I’ll just listen to the track over and over again without the need for a messy divorce, okay?)
There aren't any videos yet from the new album, but this is "Where No One Knows" from their previous album To The Weak And The Weary.
One of the best songs on the EP is “Although You’re Gone” which you can listen to above. To celebrate the release of the EP on 2 September 2014, the band are offering a free download of this fantastic track: “Although You're Gone” (mp3*)
The album will be available to purchase on the Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings website from 2 September 2014. I would absolutely recommend buying the EP if for “Wrought” alone.
Image credits: Sebastian Stewart / Nihile Photography