Thursday, April 27, 2017

James Elkington - "Make It Up"

Photo by Tim Harris
James Elkington was born in England but now makes Chicago his home. He started out in bands like The Zincs and The Horse's Ha, but stopped writing music around 2011. Instead, he collaborated and played with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, and Tortoise. This sparked a new creative energy, and he's now set to release his debut solo album.

"Make It Up" was recorded in Wilco's Loft in Chicago. His British accent and style of singing are going to remind you of Nick Drake. The main focus of the song is going to be his almost bluegrass style of guitar picking. Elkington is one hell of a guitar player, and this song really lets him show that off. Despite it being mostly acoustic, it still features a killer electric guitar solo. It's pure Americana being filtered through British eyes in an intriguing way.

You can watch the video for "Make It Up" below. James Elkington's debut solo album, Wintres Woma, will be out on June 30 via Paradise of Bachelors. It can be pre-ordered here. For more on Elkington, check out his website.


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