Published Nov 09, 2015Elvyn tend to work at a fairly slow pace. Valley of the Kilowatt Hour is the band's first album since 2010's The Decline, which was in turn their first full-length since 2002's Ten Car Stereo. In other words, fans need to savour this album, and Exclaim! has the premiere of the whole thing.
The Ontario band recorded Valley of the Kilowatt Hour in their home studio. It was produced, engineered and mixed by the group's own frontman Ryan Beerman.
The songs channel a classic pop-rock sound, with opener "Ellie" boosting its chiming tones and classic-sounding harmonies with a chugging guitar crunch. "Here We Surrender" has slinky minor-key swagger, while the smoky "Last Laugh" has a late-night soul-pop vibe and "Robins Song" is a plinky keyboard ditty about the "best summer ever." At other points, the band embrace a rootsier sound, with "Turning Me Down" racing along with a skiffle-inspired hop-skip, and tunes like "This Is the End" and "Bread and Butter" displaying a fondness for twangy guitar tones.
Hear the 11-song album below and pre-order it here. Valley of the Kilowatt Hour will arrive on November 13 via Little Wagon Records.
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