El Ten Eleven have announced a trio of full-length albums dubbed Tautology I (release date: May 1), Tautology II (July 10)and Tautology III (Sept. 18) with the Joyful Noise Recordings’ releases representing a sonic meditation on the arc of human life, composed in three parts.
The music on the first disc, Tautology I, has a heavier sound that might surprise longtime El Ten Eleven fans. “I wanted to represent what my teenage years were like, when I was full of testosterone and depression,” says guitar/bass player Kristian Dunn. “When you’re a teenager everything feels so grandiose and dramatic.” The album’s second movement, Tautology II, reflects Dunn’s current state. “I’m middle-aged now, and this is the happiest I’ve ever been. I think that comes across in the music. This record is the one that sounds the most like the El Ten Eleven people are used to.” For the final chapter, Tautology III, Dunn composed a transcendent set of ethereal music inspired partly by the loss of a dear family member. “I don’t know what it’s like to be elderly. But my grandmother-in-law Frances McMaster was a very inspiring person. She died recently, and I was thinking about her a lot. She was really smart. She lived into her early nineties and she wrote her fourth book when she was 88. I’d like to be like her if I make it to that age.”
The pair preview Tautology I with the release of “With Report” (https://youtu.be/2ydmyyucp-g) which can be heard now and is available immediately to all who pre-order the six-song release (joyfulnoi.se/tautology). The three albums are initially available digitally with a 3xLP physical release available on Sept. 18.