- Audio CD (August 25, 2017)
- Original Release Date: August 25, 2017
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: E.R. RECORDINGS
- ASIN: B071JPT6Q3
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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As Elliot Root began recording their first full-length album, Conjure, the Nashville foursome had the rare opportunity to figure out exactly what kind of band they wanted to be. Their answer: an honest one.
Instead of trying to create something that we thought was middle-of-the-road, or commercial, or whatever, I think we first and foremost wanted to be 100 percent honest with ourselves, says singer and guitarist Scott Krueger. Elliot Root also features Melissa Mattey (keyboards, drum programming), Sean Truskowski (drums) and Todd Bond (guitars).
Conjure follows a pair of EPs released in 2015, which helped the band find its feet. Working on their first LP in 2016 was a deeper, more involved experience that found the musicians pushing boundaries in a new way. We were really allowing ourselves the freedom to pretty much just try anything that felt good or natural and not really direct it toward one certain vibe or one certain theme, Krueger says. The result is songs like 10,000, an introspective, atmospheric song that contrasts bright piano with soaring guitars.
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Conjure is a fine album all through, with a couple of absolute standouts for lyrics and emotion. It may remind you of Cock Robin, Babys and John Waite, Procol Harum even, and many other things, but Scott Krueger also finds his own groove of pop grandeur.
Credits to Brooklyn's Rough Trade, which had this one out on display when I was there recently. A tribute to their eclecticism, because 'ultra cool' this is not, it is out of step with its own time.