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JAMES ELKINGTON ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO RECORD, WINTRES WOMA, OUT JUNE 30TH VIA PARADISE OF BACHELORS

James Elkington announces his debut solo record, Wintres Woma, out June 30th via Paradise of Bachelors, and shares the video for lead single, “Make It Up,” directed by Timothy J Harris.  Taking off at breakneck speed, “Make It Up” is propelled by the snaking rhythm section as Elkington pointedly recounts the time he almost crashed his car trying to get to a séance on time (mostly fiction). 
 
Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who has toured, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Joan Shelley and most recently Tortoise, amongst others. His assured debut, Wintres Woma—Old English for “the sound of winter” — draws from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike. Recorded at Wilco’s Loft, it’s baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicago’s finest musicians.
 
Somewhere around 2011, Elkington stopped writing songs. He had been the leader of a band called The Zincs; a partner in a band called The Horse’s Ha; and had released an album of guitar duets with Nathan Salsburg, but the question of what he was going to do next loomed large. After a few years of playing in other people’s bands, Elkington found that contributing his energies to the music of others had revived the energy for his own. Part of that renewed creative vitality came from exploring the acoustic guitar in a new tuning, by working to hone his guitar skills and lyrical techniques in the downtime between tours, and by investigating his own musical heritage, which informed both his outlook and output in a profound way.
 
The resulting album at times conjures Kevin Ayers delivering a Dylan Thompson poem over a Bert Jansch song, all the while speaking in Elkington’s singular voice. The title, Wintres Woma, resonates in the icy limpidity of the arrangements, the snowy tumble of guitars and strings, and with Elkington’s gnawing consideration of how much cultural upbringing can bring to bear on one’s own creativity. Many of the album’s lyrics contend with the continuing strangeness of living in a different country. “For the most part it’s very liberating, but England is old, and there is a weird energy that comes from that country, an energy that doesn’t seem to feel the same in America. It took me moving away from home to feel it at all. I was so used to it that I didn’t know I was feeling it until I didn’t feel it anymore.”

Wintres Woma was recorded in five days with engineer Mark Greenberg. Elkington played and arranged all the instruments, with the exception of upright bass from Nick Macri, percussion from Tim Daisy, and string performances from Macie Stewart and Tomeka Reid, all veterans of Chicago’s collaborative improvised music milieu.


Watch “Make It Up” Video –

https://youtu.be/EOlAInFxXsk
 
Wintres Woma Tracklisting:

01. Make It Up
02. Hollow In Your House
03. Wading the Vapors
04. Grief Is Not Coming
05. When I Am Slow
06. The Parting Glass
07. The Hermit Census
08. Greatness Yet to Come
09. Sister of Mine
10. My Trade in Sun Tears
11. Any Afternoon


Pre-order Wintres Woma:

PoB (LP/CD): http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/pob-034

Other options (physical/digital/streaming): http://smarturl.it/PoB-034
 
James Elkington Tour Dates:

Thu. July 27 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Steve Gunn, Heron Oblivion
Sun. July 30 – San Diego, CA @ The Space Bar w/ Steve Gunn, Heron Oblivion
Fri. Aug. 4 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Steve Gunn

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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