[Cover photo credit to Matt Joy Photo]
Bristol, Uk-based Electronic Pop trio Elder Island’s upcoming EP, arriving on October 28th, 2022, has the very telling title Additions Attachments. It refers to a multi-faceted project of revisiting old hard drives and taking a fresh look at other released work. This announcement arrives alongside the new track “Motive,” the first single taken from the upcoming EP.
The band explains regarding the EP’s title and origin:
As its name suggests, these are our additions and attachments from previous released work. Leftovers… [these are] the tracks that we couldn’t finish for one reason or another but we deemed worthy to be warmed back up and made into something fresh. We had finally moved into a new studio, so it was great to get tracks out again after some time and view them with a new perspective. It’s a simple enough idea, and we didn’t want to sugar coat it.
The band says “Motive” is a track that evolved over time through a great many editions:
We started it in 2020 alongside a lot of the tracks on our last album, 2021’s Swimming Static but we struggled to find the right tone. The original was minimal and moody. We added a wordy, chord driven middle, and we tried it with 80s style live drums. Nothing seemed to satisfy so we shelved it.
They knew the song was a keeper though and wanted to give it the time it deserved. After some time away, ready for an overhaul, they took it into the studio with producer/engineer Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Soccer Mommy). Once they had the finished productions, they handed them over to Barney Cox (Anne-Marie, Nicole Scherzinger, Tinie Tempah) and Blue Lab Beats (producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM) for the final finesse in the mix.
The eclectic mix on the new EP Additions Attachments reflects a rescue of ideas from the “’neverland’ of old hard drives” and brings fresh light to the sounds and themes behind their work.