Andy Ellis is a Los Angeles based songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Well known for his work as long-time member of alt-rock band Black Lab as well as half of indie electro-pop duo The Boom Circuits, Ellis has also found time to release music under his own name, including the newly released Wasteland (Where’s All The Money).
There’s a subtly familiar yet refreshingly new ambiance to the song, which is in a large part down to the excellent craftmanship at work here. Delicate hooks and a broody and occasionally icy synth give the song an enticing immediacy, so that after even just one listen it feels like an old musical friend. Clever but sparing use of retro elements in the arrangements, allied with tonal shades of bands like Blaqk Audio and Mesh in the intelligent, insightful approach to the arrangement and lyrics, all come together to create what can be best labelled quality, sophisticated pop for grownups.
Ellis had this to say about the track; ‘Wasteland is where everything comes to a head on my album; an emotional climax where I wrestle with the question what’s really most important in life? In a wasteland the values of things get all out of whack. What’s the real wasteland? Where we’ve been, where we are, or where we are going? So, the song is contemplating: what are you going to take with you and what are you going to leave behind as the world becomes completely unrecognizable?
I love this quote by Joseph Campbell: “In a wasteland, people are fulfilling purposes that are not properly theirs but have been put upon them by inescapable laws.” To me this describes how we all exist in a wasteland in this day and age as it becomes less and less clear how we should be living our lives. If anyone gets anything out of the song I hope it’s this idea that perhaps what you think is really important isn’t the most important thing after all.’
Wasteland (Where’s All The Money) is out now and features on Ellis’ debut solo album Sunshine at the Edge of the Earth which you can stream on Spotify and Bandcamp. Be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page for news on other streaming and download outlets.
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