Shaprece

City Arts and Caffe Vita Present:

Shaprece

ELEL, Bryan John Appleby (solo)

Sun, March 29, 2015

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$13 Adv.

This event is all ages

Shaprece
Shaprece
Drawing from an eclectic palette of musical influences, Shaprece's latest artistic direction ranges from electronic beats to orchestral arrangement, soulful vocals to ambient soundscapes. Blending digitally altered tones with sultry and smoky vocals, she has aspired to create a category to call her own. Throughout the creative process, she's gathered inspiration from the likes of Bjork, Little Dragon, and Aaliyah, among others, forming a pleasant fusion of dreamy melodies and atmospheric sounds on her new album.

Shaprece, along with electro-ambient producer IG88, has been working on new material for the better part of 2014 in her hometown of Seattle, WA. Also involved with the composition and arrangement of the project have been Phillip Peterson (A$AP Rocky/Florence + The Machine, P!NK, ), and Daniel Butman, both brought in for strings and other orchestral elements. The album has been recorded back and forth between IG88’s home studio and the legendary Robert Lang Studios.

In March 2014 she released the first taste of the new material, a double-single called "Tell Me // Her Song" ahead of her SXSW dates. Following up on those tracks she dropped the 'Molting EP' in July heading into her appearances at Summer festivals such as The Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot and Rifflandia. As they continue to work on her debut full length album and prepare for a big 2015, Shaprece and her band are set to play the CMJ Music Marathon this Fall, as well as appear as the only musical performer on this years TEDxRainer Talk.
ELEL
ELEL
Nashville 8-piece ELEL had a big summer. Their debut track ” 40 Watt”, an effervescent blast of feel good indie pop, drew comparisons to the likes of Vampire Weekend and MGMT, winning over a slew of blogs and affording them the opportunity to perform at Bonnaroo Festival. The band are set to release their debut album ‘Geode’ early next year on Mom + Pop Music.

ELEL, consisting of two horns, two drums, three keys ,guitar, bass and whole lot of vocals, was born from front man Ben Elkins meeting a girl named Elisa. Ben’s now wife softened his edges while introducing him to the likes of Beach House and Toro Y Moi. Speaking on ELEL, Ben says “ It’s the outcome of me producing music that risks leaving space and communicates emotion easily and softly.” This band represents a new start for its members, for a variety of reasons. Tied together by the bustling Nashville music scene but from an array of locations, ELEL includes Ben (Arkansas), Zach (Kentucky), Tim (Mississippi), Jo Jo (Brooklyn, NY), Alex (Pennsylvania), and life-long Nashvillians (so far) Frederick, Jerry and Stefan. According to Ben, “40 Watt is a big loud dance song about dancing with one other person in a little bitty house.’ We have more exciting news very soon.
ELEL was born from Ben meeting a girl named Eliska. Ben's now wife softened his edges while introducing him to the likes of Beach House and Toro Y Moi. The softer influences on his life started coming out in his songwriting and production. Speaking on ELEL, Ben says " It's the outcome of me producing music that risks leaving space and communicates emotion easily and softly." This band represents a new start for its members, for a variety of reasons. Tied together by the bustling Nashville music scene but from an array of locations, ELEL includes Ben (Arkansas), Zach (Kentucky), Tim (Mississippi), Jo Jo (Brooklyn, NY), Alex (Pennsylvania), and life-long Nashvillians (so far) Frederick, Jerry and Stefan. According to Ben, "40 Watt is a big loud dance song about dancing with one other person in a little bitty house." Look out for information on debut album 'Geode' very soon.
Bryan John Appleby (solo)
Bryan John Appleby (solo)
Seattle based songwriter, Bryan John Appleby, spent winter and spring of this year holed up with close friends in a Ballard warehouse banging pots, plucking strings, tapping mason jars, and plunking pianos. What emerged from these musical ramblings was the long awaited debut full-length, Fire on the Vine. The album elaborates on his affinity for organic soundscapes and acoustic found sounds. And yet, the record remains accessible with lush, satisfying melodies. True to the approach taken with his first EP, Shoes for Men and Beasts, the songs are crafted carefully, with an emphasis on compelling lyrics. The thoughtful narratives supply the cast of characters with a range of experiences and emotions that reflect the songwriter's personal doubts and realizations.

Some who have only seen Appleby perform solo may find the album a bit surprising. Though many of the songs are crafted around Appleby's somewhat sparse finger picking style, they take on new identities as far-reaching instrumentation wraps around luring melodies and harmonies. With live performances on KEXP and shows with Damien Jurado and The Head and the Heart in his rear view mirror, Appleby and his band anticipate a fruitful remainder of the year with various tours and local opportunities
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/