Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Elva - Winter Sun

Elva may not be a name known to most indie pop fans, but interest blossoms when it is known that one half of the duo is Elizabeth Morris of the late, beloved Allo Darlin'.  The other member is Elizabeth's husband, Norwegian musician Ola Innset (of Making Marks and Sunturns).  Both Morris and Innset have impeccable pop chops as songwriters and performers, and Elva allows them to combine their strengths and share the workload of creating music.  Their debut album is Winter Sun, ten songs inspired by nature, specifically hot summers and cold winters (Morris is from Australia, famed for its hot summer months) and the birth of their child.  The arrangements are varied, including delicate acoustic tunes as well as noisier, up-tempo romps.  It is a rewarding listen, leaving feelings of sweet moments and warm memories.  And of course, unless you are a determined to be unhappy, you will want to replay it over and over.

For Winter Sun, Morris and Innset were assisted by Dan Mayfield, Ofelia Ostrem Ossum, Michael Collins, Diego Ivars, and Jorgen Nordby.  The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Tapete Records.

Bandcamp for Winter Sun
Tapete Records

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