The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Elk’s Justin Stein had an important decision to make while working on Let’s Get Married. He had to choose between replacing his computer and paying rent. Stein moved in with his parents and chose instead to replace his computer. As a result, he presents to music world a distinctive album that touches just about all genres.
By switching gears of a soft medieval, courtly sound to an electronic wave of sound, the first track, “Let’s Get Married,” immediately demonstrates what Elk’s album is all about. Adventurous jumps are synonymous with Let’s Get Married.
An African melody backgrounds “Volleyball.” The initial feel-good beat layers with an almost anxious fuzziness mid-song. A voice enters out of nowhere, speaking unintelligible English. Quickly, the song switches back to harmony African modernized with electronic bops.
The adventurous, short album sends listeners on a journey. The repetitiveness and playfulness of Let’s Get Married is the contradiction of typical music. Rather, it is the collaboration and combination of sounds and efforts. And while it is an acquired taste of sound, there exists a level of appreciation and awe for a musician who rejects the typical and looks for his own sound.
Listen to Elk's music below: