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Ellington - More Like a Movie, Less Like Real Life
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: September 6, 2008
Who?

Hailing from the almighty land down under (that's Australia for those of who unfamiliar with Men at Work), this indie-pop duo has been gathering buzz for their emotionally-layered pop songs overflowing with love and peace. Like John Lennon, if he was from Melbourne ... and less focused on writing songs about Yoko.


How is it?

After their debut EP The Joy We Keep In earned them some dedicated fans, Ellington worked relentlessly to start recording a batch of new songs they could develop even further - and introduce to a wider audience. Enlisting the help of producer Matt Malpass (Copeland, Lydia) and some special guest stars (Matthew Thiessen (Relient K), Jeff Turner (Say Anything) and Leighton Antelman (Lydia)), the six-track record sounds phenomenal for a duo self-releasing it. Jake Bosci's warm and inviting vocals barely register a whisper above the atmospheric, dream-like guitar work, moving away from the meloncholic self-loathing most indie-pop bands center on, instead focusing on love and all the senses it manipulates with its gentle embrace. "She said it's not hard to fall in love / The hardest part is proving that love is what you wanted / and what you'll need for the rest of your life," sings Bosci on "Wide Awake and Smiling," glimmering with sentiment and optimism.

Bosci tends to write the same themes over and over, using similar phrases and conversations to tie a story together (much like Dashboard Confessional did with Summer Kiss & So Impossible), mentioning features of a particular girl (i.e. her smile) and his regrets, insecurities and ultimate sacrifice for her love. On the aptly titled "Love," he croons out, "I swear I'll stay and make the same mistakes you made look better," and on closing track, "The World Through Weary Eyes," he belts out, "She said everybody falls in love / If you haven't, you're not looking hard enough." It's obvious what the centerpiece theme is here - and Bosci (along with band partner Michael Beatson, whose accompanying vocals add more influx to their wondrous soundscape) isn't shying away from what he not only thinks but believes. In a time full of negativity and doubt ... it's good to know there's still effortless optimism and unabashedly candid songwriters still out there.

Recommended if You LikeLydia; Copeland; love, in the form of words sung through your speakers; reaffirmation.
Choice Cuts"Wide Awake and Smiling," "Love" and "Between Faith and the City Lights"


Track Listing1. Between Faith and the City Lights
2. Wide Awake and Smiling
3. Love
4. Radiate
5. In a Lonely Place
6. The World Through Weary Eyes
Band MembersJake Bosci: vocals/guitar
Michael Beatson: guitar/vocals


Online VitalsOfficial Site | Official Myspace
PurchaseOfficial Merch Store
This review is a user submitted review from Chris Fallon. You can see all of Chris Fallon's submitted reviews here.
 
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02:50 AM on 09/06/08
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thank you !!!
03:47 AM on 09/06/08
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im going to get this
04:14 AM on 09/06/08
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I was actually listening to the So Impossible and Summer's Kiss EPs before I stumbled across this review, and if it's being rec'd if I like Lydia and Copeland then I must check this band out.
05:41 AM on 09/06/08
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Their myspace songs are fantastic. Great review.
Have to pick this release up.
07:39 AM on 09/06/08
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I'll definitely pick this up. Their first EP was great.
08:05 AM on 09/06/08
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this is a very good album!
i'm glad you enjoyed it as much as i did.
good review.
08:52 AM on 09/06/08
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Wow, I really thought this would be good, but it sounds even better after this review.

Anyway, I have no idea why I didn't pre-order this ... but myspace will suffice until I get it.
09:34 AM on 09/06/08
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The myspace link is wrong. its myspace.com/ellingtonrock
09:38 AM on 09/06/08
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Besides that great review. Actually convinced me to but the new EP
11:09 AM on 09/06/08
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Its a good EP. I like it.
11:37 AM on 09/06/08
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Don't get me wrong I like this EP a lot but 89 is a bit high. Lydias illuminate got a 89 and i thought that record was quite better.
01:27 PM on 09/06/08
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So good. The RIYL is pretty accurate.

I'm hearing a more laid back/electric Faulter also.
05:55 PM on 09/06/08
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Really good EP.
07:01 PM on 09/06/08
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i love this EP boys.
you never cease to amaze me.
:)

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