If you haven’t heard of of Elfin Saddle allow me to introduce them to you. Currently on tour with Sunset Rubdown, they’ll be in LA tonight, then in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle before working their way back across their native Canada.
I don’t think I can overstate how original their sound is, making use of instruments that range from accordion to ukelele to musical saw to homemade drums to xylophones. It’s no surprise that they list their influences as “outsider art, folk music, field recordings and nursery rhymes” on their MySpace page.
Originally just Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, they’ve since added a third, Nathan Gage, but the sound is amazingly complex and rich for such a small group. Mixing Japanese and English vocals, Elfin Saddle is like a hybrid music mixed from multiple folk genres. Instead of found art, it’s found music.
They began working together as visual artists on the west coast of Canada, where they achieved high acclaim for a series of complex installations that involved live plants, motors, air organs, and a lot of found junk. This led them to their current musical collaboration.
The tour is in support for their current release, Ringing for the Begin Again.
Elfin Saddle’s West Coast Schedule (All with Sunset Rubdown):
June 23 @ Echoplex in Los Angeles
June 24 @ Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco
June 26 @ Doug Fir Lounge in Portland
June 27 @ Chop Suey in Seattle
See their MySpace page for their stops in Canada. They’ll be back in the U.S. on July 6.
Live at Pop Montreal in 2007