Elessar are releasing their new EP Reflections tomorrow on April 22nd. Elessar are only babies in band-years, having formed only last year. With producing by Romesh Dodangoda (who has previously worked with Funeral For A Friend and Kids In Glass Houses) and mastering by Dick Beetham (whose worked with Enter Shikari), they had a pretty good team working with them on this EP, and it shows. It’s been a while since new music got me hooked from the get-go.
Reflections is catchy and up-tempo, with solid heavy drumming and vocals that flit between gritty, melodic, and dips into softer tones here and there. It’s the kind of record you’ll be singing along to after your first listen. It’d be very easy to compare Elessar to a whole bunch of bands out at the moment, but I think they deserve to be considered in their own right. They have strong musicianship and have crafted 5 tracks of infectious melodies and powerful choruses that are well worth your time.
Track 2 ‘My Skin’ is definitely the highlight of the EP. It’s catchy and well written, with a killer chorus. They released a video for it recently of shots from their tour which was compiled by Luke Isom.
Vocalist Ricky Powell says of Reflections: “Selfishly, we wrote the release for us, to express our thoughts the way we want and to put some meaning behind the energy we have on stage.” This meaning and energy is obvious throughout the EP, and judging by it I’d imagine they are an insane band to see live.
Get Reflections tomorrow on itunes, or grab a physical copy from their store. They’re heading out on tour in the UK in a few weeks with Waiting For Hollywood, Summer City, Royals, and Lady Jane’s Revenge; check out their facebook for full dates and locations. (No Irish dates, boo).