cabin.sat.text.2.sm.IMG_6968.bw.jpg

 ELOUISE DEEP WATER

A COLLECTION OF SONGS & RECITATIONS

available now on itunes

AMAZON & CD BABY

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE ELOUISE TITLE TRACK DEEP WATER

AND THEIR BLACKGRASS VERSION OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

DEEP WATER.FINAL.FLAT.3A.CROP.SOUNDCLOUD. s  q u a r e. test.g.lt.sepia.COVER IMAGE.IMG_3239-Recovered.jpg

DEEP WATER

by ELOUISE

SOUND SAMPLES from the 2016 release of ELOUISE debut album DEEP WATER:

A COLLECTION OF SONGS AND RECITATIONS.

News & REVIEWS

"Elouise plays a primitive, angsty, menacing form of folk that uses vintage Appalachian string instruments and gear to squeeze the raw pain out of the psyche through song. - And yes, it’s as good as that makes it sound."

-COVER LAY DOWN

If you want to pigeonhole Elouise, as most music fans and writers need to do – Imagine if Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams had a baby and that baby was raised by Mother Maybelle Carter – then you’d have Elouise.

-INNOCENT WORDS

"Deep Water is one of the most brilliant albums conceived and recorded in recent years. If you can't open your ears to the concept and appreciate the time and effort it took to pull this off, that's your problem. Truth be told, I can see this album being not only accepted but passionately embraced by a large percentage of Americana fans worldwide. Fans of any genre. Listen with headphones. In a dark room. With the volume turned up."

-NO DEPRESSION: THE JOURNAL OF ROOTS MUSIC

"It is the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of Bluegrass, a black symphonic sound and weary emotional vocals that tell original tales of struggle and re-imagine songs from our collective Americana consciousness."

-AMERICANA DAILY

The boldness and the daring never lets up; from the compositions, to the instrumentation, to the vocal performances. It’s a kaleidoscopic trip through the American musical experience, with fragments and reflections of classics splitting with the most primitive of musical impulses. Every note of it is necessary and every rest in between the notes is full of profundity. “Art,” that taken for granted American birthright of so many generations past, gets a momentary resuscitation in the inspired hands of Elouise.

-PARCBENCH LIVE

"The album is something of an epic journey into a genre of music they identify as Blackgrass... If the vocals don't get you, the surreal collection of instruments and the incredible songs most certainly will...It is an alternative work of art, file under excellent."

-BEEHIVE CANDY

"If you’ve ever understood lyrics like ‘got Sunday meeting in the morning, gonna do my sinning tonight”, you’ve already got a leg up on this set.  An utterly original set that you have to listen to at least twice...there hasn’t been a record with this kind of striking, damaged beauty in way too long.  Killer stuff throughout..."

-MIDWEST RECORD

"I fucking love these lyrics: “Oh lord, you’re just too hard to please/And you ask too much of me/And I ain’t gonna get on my knees/I ain’t get gonna get on my knees and pray/’Til you and I get a few things straight.” How’s that for a fresh take on gospel?....

 ....If you like Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs, check this out. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

-MICHAEL DOHERTY MUSIC LOG

".... The music is dense and intense and downright orchestral at times (if demons play in orchestras).  One of my favorites so far this year, the album is titled Deep Water."

-FRANK GUTCH JR.

"Elouise deconstructs and reimagines classic songs like Amazing Grace, I’ll Fly Away and the sweaty revival tent of Fire and Brimstone (which sounds like an old Alan Lomax field recording) shaking these old chestnuts to their bones, revealing an underbelly of the darkness of Americana standards and turning them into a booze-sodden cry from America’s trailer park soul. These are haunting and beautifully dark sonic explorations." "Deep Water is the debut album from Elouise. A bold, unsettling collection of Blackgrass music...The thirteen tracks on Deep Water showcase the range and expression of Elouise’s depression and madness -- there is some fucked up and exquisite music in here. Give it a listen."

-MARK HASKELL SMITH

[SILENT NIGHT] The haunted, halting strings swirl around Elouise Walker’s cracked, broken voice, making a holiday hymn into a drawn-out, pained work of anguished beauty which reshapes the song and brings back fond memories of Chapel Hill grim realists Trailer Bride.

- BLURT / JASON GROSS

"Elouise releases her new album Deep Water in 2016 which, whilst steeped in the American Gothic, calls upon a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds from classical, rock, bluegrass and folk music. With a band made up of musicians who have played in symphonies, dabbled in theatre production and composed for television shows you can expect a strong cinematic leaning although it also maintains that feel of a music from an older world, one which was burdened by everyday hardships, something Elouise enhances with her wonderful weary drawl.

-FOLK RADIO UK: THE UK'S LEADING FOLK MUSIC & ROOTS WEBSITE & RADIO STATION

--------------------------------------------------------------

the rocking magpie: ELOUISE DEEP WATER: ALBUM REVIEW

AUGUST 17, 2016
Elouise are a loose collaboration of LA musicians who have come together because of their love of ‘Blackgrass’ and a better name I couldn’t have invented myself.
The atmospheric intro to I’ll Fly Away could come from a Peckinpah Western and when Elouise Walker’s world weary voice crawls from the speakers I was instantly hooked. The melody somehow blends Delta Blues with a Scottish Presbyterian Dirge and is quite wonderful!
If you are still with us by track #3 Saturn Bar, you are in for another rare treat. It opens with the sound of beer being poured then a funereal New Orleans style Jazz band slowly caress Elouise’s sultry voice on a gorgeously brooding tale of a seedy bar in the 9th Ward.
It’s a similar ‘feeling’ on Oh Lord! with Rich Dembowski joining her on lead vocals as the band pump it up like a church organ on a hot Sunday morning.
Oh my, oh my oh my……the track Evil is just a cello and double bass so low on the register your teeth will shake and a more fitting title there isn’t.
There are two cover versions here and Elouise’s dirty reconstruction of Amazing Grace will stay with you for a long, long time….I know it has me; and who the Hell would ever expect a low down Delta interpretation of Silent Night that will make this Christmas Carol never sound the same for you…ever? I absolutely love both songs btw.
This isn’t really the type of album that will transfer to the radio or the mainstream but Rich Dembowski’s crooning on the misogynistic love story I’ll Be Good To You could scrape into one of those cool late at night shows that only the cool kids know about.
I genuinely love this album; especially the dark Blues of Black Horses; with Elouise recounting her father’s terminal illness over another funereal tune that harks back to the days when Bessie Smith was the Queen of the Blues.
This album certainly isn’t for everyone, as Mother Magpie will testify; but if you spotted the monochrome cover in a record store and picked it up; you certainly wouldn’t be disappointed by the contents. -Alan Harrison

elouise 'Deep Water' on out of the woods radio

AUGUST 13, 2016

Thanks Jon Colcord for playin us along with Dylan, Gillian Welch and The Watkins family Hour.

CJMP 90.1 FM British Columbia, WMNB 107.1 Massachusetts, WRAQ 92.7 FM New York, WSCS 90.9 FM New Hampshire, WXHR 103.5 FM Michigan, WYAP 101.7 FM West Virginia, KGIG 104.9 California, KONR 106.1 FM Alaska, KXCR 90.7 FM Oregon, KVRZ88.9 FM Montana, Boston Free Radio, Bumps Radio, The Global Voice, Homelands Radio, Neopa Community Radio Ohio, PineKONE Radio, California, Sword Radio UK, Shout Radio

madmackerel features shadow of the pines and I'll Fly away by Elouise

AUGUST 11, 2013

Good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday—Welcome to Elouise— an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass.

Debut album Deep Water is a mix of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation.

DOUBLE SHOT WITH SUE AND JOE WXNA FM NASHVILLE PLAYS BLACK HORSES BY ELOUISE!

AUGUST 6, 2016

THANKS JOE WOLFE-MAZERES!

Elouise East Jesus is Song of the Week on Omstreifere!

JULY 28, 2016

Check out Omstreifere facebook page. See translation to read in English!

Elouise Saturn Bar featured on Little lighthouse

JULY 28, 2016

Today we introduce two new names from the London scene. The Excellos, who inherit traditions of the fruitful pub rock scene, and loud rockers The Fireworks. Stonefield are three ladies from Victoria in Australia. Elouise Walker from Los Angeles fronts the new band named after her first name, Elouise. We wrap things out with two singer songwriters, Steve Dawson from Canada and Graham Winchester from Memphis TN.

http://www.littlelighthouse.net/?tag=elouise-walker

'amazing grace' ON out of the woods radio

JULY 23, 2016

CJMP 90.1 FM British Columbia, Saturday 1pm p.s.t.
WMNB 107.1 Massachusetts, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.
WRAQ 92.7 FM New York (check schedule)
WSCS 90.9 FM New Hampshire, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.
WXHR 103.5 FM Michigan (Sunday 1 pm)
WYAP 101.7 FM West Virginia (check schedule)
KGIG 104.9 California (check schedule)
KONR 106.1 FM Alaska, Tuesday 1 pm ak.s.t.
KXCR 90.7 FM Oregon, Tuesday 10 pm, Thursday, 7 am p.s.t.
Boston Free Radio, Sundays 7 am e.s.t.
Bumps Radio, Wednesday, 3 pm e.s.t.
The Global Voice, Sundays 4 pm e.s.t., and
Monday>Tuesday 12 am e.s.t.
Homelands Radio, Tuesday 8 pm e.s.t.
Neopa Community Radio Ohio (check schedule)
PineKONE Radio, California (check schedule)
Sword Radio UK, Thursday, 11 am e.s.t.
Shout Radio (check schedule)

50THIRDANDTHIRD:  VIDEO OF THE DAY: ELOUISE FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

JULY 22, 2016

This video is straight out of my childhood, with a little church and the harmonies of everyone singing loud and driven in the background. Which may be why I can’t get enough of this traditional bluegrass met with a mix of dark and dramatic classical instruments in which they call their signature sound of Blackgrass, a sound that Elouise so shamelessly and boldly creates. Elouise Walker and William Bongiovanni have nailed every aspect of this Link Wray classic, from the dark clothes they wear to the dark expressions on their face, singing of purgatory, sin and the darkness that surrounds our weary souls. The eccentricity of this music is brought to the front, for us to wrap our minds and hearts around the sound. This song along with many others can be found on their debut album, Deep Water out now.

http://www.50thirdand3rd.com/video-day-fire-brimstone-elouise/

DEATH COUNTRY VK.COM putting the 'Dick' in dixie and the 'cunt' in country

JULY 19, 2016

Thanks for featuring 3 Elouise songs and our videos,  Deep Water gets a five heart rating! Love the site!

radio americana

JULY 18, 2016

Radio Americana plays Elouise Shadow of the Pines . In good company with Colin James and our friends The High Bar Gang.

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

JULY 17, 2016

BARRY SMOLIN KICKS OFF HEAD ROOM WITH "DEEP WATER" BY ELOUISE! THANKS FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL MUSIC!

freight train boogie #350 by bill frater

JULY 16, 2016

BILL FRATER SPINS ELOUISE 'BLACK HORSES'  FOR IT'S PODCAST DEBUT ON FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE!

FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE PODCAST #350

AMERICANA DAILY: FEATURING ELOUISE FIRE AND BRIMESTONE VIDEO AND ALBUM RELEASE

JUNE 15, 2015

http://www.americanadaily.com/2016/07/elouise-fire-and-brimstone.html

red dirt report: Elouise debut album "Deep Water" goes over swimmingly with RDR

http://www.reddirtreport.com/rustys-music/elouise-debut-album-deep-water-goes-over-swimmingly-rdr

JULY 14, 2016   

ALBUM REVIEW: Elouise - Deep Water: A Collection of Songs and Recitations (ElouiseMusic.com) 2016

I gently put the black and gold CD into my car CD player. I hear the first beat; I’m hooked. A tune so familiar to me but I cannot yet place it. The sultry, soulful voice of Elouise (who is the singer of the band that is named after her) comes on and I immediately remember the tune, “I’ll Fly Away” from my childhood at small town musical revivals.

The dark lyrics, I recall, from a normally upbeat tempo has been reimagined with a darker tune to match.

Elouise does a phenomenal job of combining bluegrass with bluesy and darker undertones, on their debut album Deep Water, with a music style which they are calling “blackgrass.”

Blackgrass, as stated in the accompanying press release, is “the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of bluegrass.

I ponder to myself, where has the blackgrass genre been my whole life?

Recorded in a living room in Altadena, California, this quintet - which includes Elouise Walker, Rich Dembowski, John Chamberlin, Michelle Beauchesne, and William Bongiovanni - have renewed my love of true vocalists and real, talented musicians.

The group has utilized classical instruments mixed with a plethora of worn-down instruments, which has given new life to run down old accordions and pianos holding on to its last few notes. As a musically educated person, they have also introduced new instrument sounds to my ears, including the bandoneon and harmonium.

Bluegrass and a mixture of old hymns have been reintroduced and made new, and I am loving every beat of it! When I close my eyes with the album on, I am instantly taken to a place where the road ends, dancing in the bayou, underneath the stars surrounded by lightening bugs. The sound is hauntingly beautiful.

Elouise has instantly became one of my favorite bands, which is saying a lot, my favorites are all legends.

With the highest regard, I will add Elouise to my list.

I am so very ecstatic for the release of the album on July 15, 2016 so I can share this band with the world.

-ALLISON N. EVANS

PARCBENCH LIVE: New Americana: Elouise — ‘Deep Water’

JULY 12, 2016

https://parcbench.live/2016/07/12/new-americana-elouise-deep-water/

It is a swampy, nearly kinetic experience. The songs on Elouise’s new album, Deep Water, are enough to send you to swimming lessons, as futile as that may be, considering the murky depths the songs take you. The soundscape presented on the entirety of the album is overwhelming (in a good way) in its specificity and authenticity. Listening to it, you find yourself playing all parts: protagonist, antagonist, witness, crime reporter, and strictly observing angel. If it’s any help, since words don’t usually suffice when it comes to highly original music, Elouise calls their trademark sound “Blackgrass.” I couldn’t agree more.

The boldness and the daring never lets up; from the compositions, to the instrumentation, to the vocal performances. It’s a kaleidoscopic trip through the American musical experience, with fragments and reflections of classics splitting with the most primitive of musical impulses. Every note of it is necessary and every rest in between the notes is full of profundity. “Art,” that taken for granted American birthright of so many generations past, gets a momentary resuscitation in the inspired hands of Elouise.

Essential Downloads: Let’s face it, this is one of those old fashioned albums, where every track depends on and is supported by the others. If you are going to take the ‘Deep Water’ voyage, the only way to do it is to listen to the whole event. Try it and see if you disagree. You won’t.

ELMORE MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE: Watch Elouise’s peculiar Brand Of Bluegrass on Their Track “Fire and Brimstone”

JULY 10, 2016

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/07/music-news/watch-elouises-dreary-brand-of-bluegrass-on-their-track-fire-and-brimstone

There may be a literal funeral pyre burning within the works Los Angeles-based Elouise, but that hardly slows down the macabre folk collective from entrancingly dark work on their debut record.

In the video for “Fire and Brimstone,” Elouise brings some gloomy fascination to form with a lo-fi surrender to the Link Wray classic. Elouise Walker and William Bongiovanni are playfully wry with their purgatory-like setting rife with percussive jawbones and furtive outfits that hearken back to a ditch digger’s wardrobe. In what the band defines as “blackgrass,” the group’s latest embodies the jaunty nature of bluegrass while diving deep into the black waters that surround the themes associated with pickin’.

“Our blackgrass version of “Fire and Brimstone” was inspired by early foot-stomping tent revivals and is comprised of primitive percussion and untethered harmonies,” the band shared with us. “We captured it live in the living room in just one take, using only a couple of mics. We wanted it to be spontaneous, raw and unproduced, like an old Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s. The song was originally written in 1971 by father of the power chord, Link Wray, and, although our sound is a departure from the original, the lyrics were a perfect fit for our debut album Deep Water. The album captures the sounds of sin and salvation, mixing in a darker taste of bluegrass, a black symphonic sound and weary emotional vocals that tell original tales of struggle and re-imagine songs from our collective Americana consciousness. We approached the making of the video with the same raw immediacy of the song. We did not want it overproduced, and filmed and edited it in one day at the house.”

Elouise certainly succeeds in creating an antiquated and surreal experience with the record, exemplified on “Fire and Brimstone.” What makes Elouise succeed is crafting the song with a sensibility of vagabonds – the simple authenticity speaks for itself. With all of the bombastic summer tracks dropping at any given minute, here’s one that defies the unnecessary glee.

-JAKE TULLY

Liverpool Sound and Vision : Elouise, Deep Water. Album Review.

JULY 10, 2016

There is a whisper in the air, the sound of something exciting and eccentric, the electricity of a corrupted heart nestling in the ambience of a decadent groove and it is a wickedness that is amongst the very best of albums that will stick in the listener’s minds; the whisper of the unique and powerful always has that effect.

For Elouise, a collaboration of Los Angeles based musicians which include Rich Dembowski, John Chamberlin, Michelle Beauchesne, William Bongiovanni and Elouise Walker, their debut album Deep Water is a voyage of discovery, a trip into the fantastical and the damned and it is an expedition into the unknown in which to travel light and with great fondness of what you are about to experience.

The mixture of harmony, of deliberate fascination with the world of cinema and the trek in to the world of darkness is an alluring mix, a tantalising reminder of the art that is often missed when music tries to keep the portentous at bay.

The heady combination of multi layered instruments, the banjo that cradles the warmth of the Bluegrass effect is one that creates the symphony that unfolds around the listener as if they are marking time in the back row of the movie playhouse, the enjoyment of the spectacle all coming together as celluloid and the first pangs of love collide.

It is as baring witnessing the long steady line of cinematic classics all being played day in day out, the ability to step inside the realm of the cutting room and adding the effect of music in which can only enhance the film and take it to a new height. Cinema may be the art that all seem to flock to but it is nothing without the interpretation of music giving it a guiding hand.

In tracks such as Saturn Bar, Shadow of The Pines, Hurricane and I’ll Be Good To You, Elouise rise above the expected and give expression the freedom it requires to breathe, to spread out beyond the confines imposed by natural music law and become something different, something sinister and captivating; glamorous and femme fatale noir dangerously evocative.

Deep Water is not for the shallow or the small minded, it is for those who can see beyond the profound and enjoy the physical reality of excellent, well driven thoughtful lyrics. Intense and pleasurable, Deep Water is a true reflection of humanity’s darker side. - Ian D. Hall

'SHADOW OF THE PINES' ON out of the woods radio

JULY 9, 2016

CJMP 90.1 FM British Columbia, Saturday 1pm p.s.t.
WMNB 107.1 Massachusetts, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.
WRAQ 92.7 FM New York (check schedule)
WSCS 90.9 FM New Hampshire, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.
WXHR 103.5 FM Michigan (Sunday 1 pm)
WYAP 101.7 FM West Virginia (check schedule)
KGIG 104.9 California (check schedule)
KONR 106.1 FM Alaska, Tuesday 1 pm ak.s.t.
KXCR 90.7 FM Oregon, Tuesday 10 pm, Thursday, 7 am p.s.t.
Boston Free Radio, Sundays 7 am e.s.t.
Bumps Radio, Wednesday, 3 pm e.s.t.
The Global Voice, Sundays 4 pm e.s.t., and
Monday>Tuesday 12 am e.s.t.
Homelands Radio, Tuesday 8 pm e.s.t.
Neopa Community Radio Ohio (check schedule)
PineKONE Radio, California (check schedule)
Sword Radio UK, Thursday, 11 am e.s.t.
Shout Radio (check schedule)

ELMORE MAGAZINE : ELOUISE DEEP WATER ALBUM REVIEW

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/07/reviews/albums/elouise

JUNE 15, 2015

These here are some murky waters, folks. In what positions itself as the most Flannery O’Connor release of 2016, Elouise’s Deep Water takes us down the garden path of delirium, decay, and macabre imagery – all the while sounding remarkably optimistic. There’s remarkably little fatalism despite the onslaught of gloom and doom Elouise is proselytizing, even in the refreshingly grim cover of the classic “I’ll Fly Away.”

There’s a looming shadow that Elouise threads along ever so carefully, even down to the found photography in the record’s gatefold that makes a fiddle look as menacing as the adjacent photo of a jawbone. It’s never superfluous – the race to her sound of ruination is a slowed mosey. However, Deep Water is markedly vintage – something that inexplicably comes with the territory of instrumentation that leads to ruination.

Deep Water positions Elouise in a way that makes her seem as though she’s been in our musical vernacular since, say, the origins of The Handsome Family. What separates her from the gruesome-obsessed troubadours of the 90’s isn’t just being forced to exist out of a zeitgeist within a zeitgeist. Rather it’s Elouise’s ability to seem as though she loathes the monotony of recording a glum record fixated with antiquated noise. Make no bones about it, she does a fine job in releasing a record that fits the aforementioned criteria – it’s just that she doesn’t seem unnecessarily obsessive in its execution. Kudos to perfectionists with borders.

– Jake Tully

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

JULY 3, 2016

CHECK OUT THESE SHOWS! WE ARE IN GOOD COMPANY! THANK YOU BARRY SMOLIN FOR PLAYING "HURRICANE" ON HEAD ROOM AND "I'LL FLY AWAY" ON FOLK SCENE!

THE GRATEFUL WEB

JULY 1, 2016

Deep Water: A Collection of Songs and Recitations, creates an eccentric musical junket through alternate realities, sonically blurring the lines between what we know as Americana standards and original stories that feel like they are somehow part of a historical musical archive.

http://www.gratefulweb.com/articles/elouise-set-release-deep-water-july-15

the bluegrass situation

SONG PREMIERE: SHADOW OF THE PINES BY ELOUISE

JUNE 6, 2016

http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-elouise-shadows-pines

In Their Words: "‘Shadow of the Pines’ was recorded as an homage to bluegrass royalty, the Carter Family. The Carter Family version, 'In the Shadow of the Pines,' was recorded in 1936. It is filled with lyrical loneliness, heartache, and despair recalling the overwhelming sorrow of a lost love that is so intense, the landscape acts as a witness and grieves with lines like 'the moon looked down on you and me' and 'the pine trees sobbed in pity o’ er my head.'

Our interpretation of 'Shadow of the Pines' -- with its raw, lonely vocal and weeping cello -- is the closest musical utterance to actual bluegrass on our debut album, Deep Water. In a project that has been called blackgrass (raw, primitive, angsty folk), it is the most beautiful and fragile musical expression on the record and a reminder that darkness and beauty often go hand in hand. When we stumbled upon the lyrics, we were so moved that we did not listen to the original until after we had recorded our version. We wanted it to be an honest and heartfelt translation.” -- Elouise Walker

baby sue

JUNE 2, 2016

We're not even certain that there is a 'dark bluegrass' genre but it seemed like the most appropriate way to classify what the folks in this band are up to. After typing that sentence, we read the press release that accompanied this album and found that the band had already come up with a term to describe their music, and we were at least getting kinda close. The folks in Elouise refer to their music as blackgrass. Both terms fit. This Los Angeles, California-based band uses traditional instruments to create some slightly moody and provocative music. Deep Water is the band's debut, but you'd never know it from the mature sound of these tracks. The overall sound here reminds us of a mixture of underground bands from the 1990s with the bluegrass tinged flavor of modern Americana. Strange combination, and probably the first band we've heard teetering into this kind of territory. The band is comprised of Elouise Walker, John Chamberlin, Rich Dembowski, Michelle Beauchesne, and William Bongiovanni. Thirteen smoky tracks here including "I'll Fly Away," "Deep Water," "Oh Lord," "Black Horses," and "Fire and Brimstone."

INNOCENT WORDS

JUNE 1, 2016 Troy Michael

In music, the murder ballad is an art form. To make a memorable murder ballad, not only do you need to have a compelling story, but the music must fit that story. No one did the murder ballad better than the blues men of the early 1900s and Johnny Cash who, in my opinion, is the king of the murder ballad.

Usually these types of songs would roll out of the south or Appalachian country, but don’t tell that to the band Elouise. This Los Angeles-based band is taking the art of the murder ballad to a whole new level.

The five-piece band (Elouise Walker; John Chamberlin; Rich Dembowski; William Bongiovanni; Michelle Beauchesne) has unleashed their debut album and it is one of the most unique debuts I have heard in sometime.

Forgoing modern instruments, the band uses an upright bass, the marxophone, six-string banjo, bandoneon and harmonium, and just about anything to keep a drum beat. The vocals of Walker range from nasally to a guttural cry all being sung through, what sounds like a vintage ribbon microphone to give her voice that classic reverb from the early 1900s.

All 13 songs are slow in pace, sometimes menacing, sometimes cinematic, but always engaging. At times it feels like you are listening to the soundtrack to a horror movie, at other’s, it sounds like a sit down around the campfire with family singing traditional music – they do cover “Amazing Grace” and Silent Night,” like you have never heard before.

‘Deep Water’ is a poetic album, full of stories, full of life, even though they are usually singing about death. It’s not a “happy album” as you might have guessed, but you do not want to turn it off once the first lines of “I’ll Fly Away” come on.

If you want to pigeonhole Elouise, as most music fans and writers need to do – imagine if Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams had a baby and that baby was raised by Mother Maybelle Carter – then you’d have Elouise.

music morsels review

MAY 31, 2016

This L.A. based songstress/vocalist has something dark going on inside her. She lets it loose with her cohorts to intoxicating effect. Kisses of Bluegrass, carnival music, folk and even a waft of punk fuel her tortured but poignant vocals as she weaves tales of her twisted gospel. This is not merely soul-snaring music. The music is eccentric with horn ejaculations, piano, a variety of stringed instruments and stoic rhythm section, but the talent here is obvious. You know you have to strap in for this journey with the wicked take of the revival classic “I’ll Fly Away” that launches the CD. On “Saturn Bar” you can actually smell Bourbon Street after bar time while “Hurricane” feels like a fight with demons in some overgrown forest. “Shadow Of The Pines” is an amazing light of beauty shining through the gloom. Well the music tends to be undeniable dark (even the takes on “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night”…yes, THAT “Silent Night”) there is so much depth here that you can’t help but be enthralled by it. It may take a couple listens…it did with me, but I was then hooked. If you give it a chance you will be, too. – MW

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

MAY 29, 2016

THANK YOU BARRY SMOLIN FOR PLAYING "DEEP WATER" ON HEAD ROOM!

CROSSROADS RADIO

MAY 29, 2016

THANK YOU PLAYING "I'LL BE GOOD TO YOU" FROM ELOUISE ALONGSIDE HARD WORKING AMERICANS, TONY JOE WHITE AND THE FELICE BROTHERS!

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

MAY 15, 2016

THANK YOU BARRY SMOLIN FOR PLAYING "HURRICANE" FROM ELOUISE DEEP WATER ON HEAD ROOM!

INSURGENT COUNTRY

MAY 13, 2016

THANKS FOR INCLUDING ELOUISE DEEP WATER ON NEW RELEASES TO WATCH PAGE!

EAR2THEGROUND MUSIC

MAY 11, 2016

That "Amazing Grace" done up right by Elouise... whom I recommend highly! The album is called Deep Water and is due out in July. People are starting to notice as they should.

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

MAY 8, 2016

THANK YOU BARRY SMOLIN FOR PLAYING THE TRACK "SATURN BAR" FROM ELOUISE DEEP WATER ON HEAD ROOM AND CALLING IT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE RECORDS!

AMERICANA DAILY

ELOUISE RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM "DEEP WATER” FILLED WITH RAW AND CINEMATIC BLACKGRASS

MAY 2, 2016

Fueled by a sordid real-life backdrop of good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday, Elouise is an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass. It is the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of Bluegrass, a black symphonic sound and weary emotional vocals that tell original tales of struggle and re-imagine songs from our collective Americana consciousness.

Using a mix of Classical and Bluegrass instrumentation combined with an array of eclectic instruments including the marxophone, six-string banjo, bandoneon and harmonium, Elouise layers their sound with dark and beautifully dramatic European strings like the cello and double bass. This idea of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation is the signature sound of Elouise and Blackgrass. Add in world-weary and guttural vocals paired with instruments like the bandoneon (which produces one of the saddest sounds imaginable) and you get a musical experience that captures a distinctly original, emotionally fraught and unforgettable sound.

KPFK 90.7 FM : HEAD ROOM

MAY 1, 2016

THANK YOU BARRY SMOLIN FOR KICKING OFF HEAD ROOM WITH "I'LL FLY AWAY" BY ELOUISE!

https://soundcloud.com/head-room-480440229

MIDWEST RECORDS

APRIL 28, 2016

Really putting the Goth in southern gothic, this set is what would have resulted if Nico and Siouxsie Sioux met the devil at the crossroads.  In what would other wise be punk country, this crew starts out playing it sort of straight, realizes it’s not possible and calls their version of bluegrass blackgrass.  Very apt.  If you’ve ever understood lyrics like ‘got Sunday meeting in the morning, gonna do my sinning tonight”, you’ve already got a leg up on this set.  An utterly original set that you have to listen to at least twice because the first pass will leave you feeling like this is a soundtrack for a suicide,  there hasn’t been a record with this kind of striking, damaged beauty in way too long.  Killer stuff throughout that’s sure to abort your preconceived notions.

Michael Doherty's music log

APRIL 26, 2016

Elouise is a fairly new band dipping into the darker side of folk, bluegrass and gospel. The album opens with one of those covers, the oddest rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” I’ve ever heard. It begins with a kind of slow, mean sound, very different from the positive tones I normally associate with this song. It’s a really interesting take on this gospel tune written by Albert E. Brumley.

“Deep Water,” the CD’s title track, is an original tune, written by Elouise Walker. The harmonium and cello create an interesting texture at the start of this one. And then the simple, repeated strumming has such a sad, defeated sound, perfectly setting the mood before the vocals come in nearly two minutes in, asking for help: “I’m sinking fast/It’s murky and cold/Someone rescue me/I need a hand to hold.” But at the same time she sounds resigned to her fate, not desperate or overly eager for the help that likely won’t come. “I’m in deep water/I’m going down alone/In over my head/I’m sinking like a stone.”

That’s followed by “Saturn Bar,” a fun, mean tune written by Elouise Walker and Richard Dembowski. If you like Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs, check this out. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. It’s a seriously cool song. And the horns give it a dark New Orleans feel (Saturn Bar is a venue on St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans, and the song’s lyrics mention Louisiana:  “Along worn down edges of Louisiana streets we ride/Straight to an atmosphere where heaven and hell collide”). The horn arrangement is by David Stout. It sounds like voodoo jazz. This is one of my favorite tracks on this CD. “I’m lost in purgatory well after closing time.” I am also incredibly fond of “Black Horses,” which was also written by Elouise Walker and Richard Dembowski, featuring some wonderful stuff by John Chamberlin on Marxophone.

Richard Dembowski takes lead vocal duties on “Oh Lord,” a song that he also wrote. I fucking love these lyrics: “Oh lord, you’re just too hard to please/And you ask too much of me/And I ain’t gonna get on my knees/I ain’t get gonna get on my knees and pray/’Til you and I’ve got a few things straight.” How’s that for a fresh take on gospel?

The CD concludes with two more covers. The first is an unsettling, haunting, creepy rendition of “Silent Night.” Man, if it had sounded like this when I was a kid, it would have scared me. But it also might have kept me interested in religion and all that. I will certainly be adding this to my personal Christmas play list.

AXS

ELOUISE IS IN DEEP WATER by Will Pheonix

APRIL 24, 2016

....Imagine the late Snakefinger as a gal with a(n acoustic) guitar with a fondness for bluegrass. If that doesn’t work for you then think of Cat Power with a taste for dark, 1920s material. Truth to tell, all you really might need to do is keep listening.... this album offers a unique blend of old school bluegrass and traditional tunes with new, dark offerings...The themes are familiar but the band seems to have abandoned the friendly song structures....“Amazing Grace” ...is a tuneful teardown of a traditional spiritual song. This would no doubt fly well with the college radio crowd.There is a musical mix of light and dark (more dark than light), conventional and unconventional instruments and uninhibited often simple vocals. So check out Elouise’s Deep Water. You just might acquire a peculiar taste for their own brand of “Fire And Brimstone”.

NO DEPRESSION: the journal of roots music

ALBUM REVIEW: ELOUISE DEEP WATER by Frank Gutch Jr.

APRIL 21, 2016

Note: While one might think this is a negative review, think again. Deep Water is one of the most brilliant albums conceived and recorded in recent years. If you can't open your ears to the concept and appreciate the time and effort it took to pull this off, that's your problem. Truth be told, I can see this album being not only accepted but passionately embraced by a large percentage of Americana fans worldwide. Fans of any genre. Listen with headphones. In a dark room. With the volume turned up. Now, to the task at hand.

I'm driving down the road at two in the morning, tired, an albums length away from home. Of the three CDs I have with me, only one has remained unheard. I slip it into the player and turn up the sound, hoping to ward off the sleep demons and some of the most godawful music I've ever heard starts to ooze out of the speakers--- the vocals vampish, dark--- the stringed instruments sounding waterlogged or warped or maybe strung with actual catgut. There doesn't seem to be more than two chords and it drones on in a sort of apathy and I'm thinking about tossing it out the window (okay, that's just a euphemism, whatever a euphemism is) but something prevents it. Track two--- two different chords and a voice that does not sound like it has been phoned in. Is this about death? Track three--- New Orleans jazz? Trumpet, trombone? What the hell? I get it. The album is soundtrack from the Twenties. Old black-and-white cartoons flash before my eyes. But it has a hook, if hook you can call it. Track four--- a bizarre take on “Amazing Grace?” Is it actually “Amazing Grace?” It is so far out there I can't tell. Track five--- something straight out of border radio--- so backwoods and immediate it sounds like it was recorded at the radio station those clowns visited in O Brother, Where Art Thou?.  

All thoughts of tossing the CD are gone now. I'm beginning to understand and the more I understand the more I like it only now it is beyond like. I am falling in love with this album. Shades of The Beige's El Angel Exterminador it is, stretching and pushing and pulling in terms of creativity with just enough musical cache to hold it together.  

Track seven--- “Evil.” A study in bass viol... or is it vitriol? Deep, deep texture. Short but not sweet. My mind thuds. Again, what the hell?

Track eight--- “Hurricane.” Voice slightly distorted, shades of Alice Texas. Not talking blues but it is talk, of sorts. Rhythm and chaos. Pounding drums, orchestral dissonance. Film music a la The Last Rites of Ransom Pride. Desert on the duster.

Track ten--- More music for black-and-white cartoons. Deep, dark and yet somehow uplifting.

“Silent Night?” Are you kidding me? Not anything like the Christmas song outside of the lyrics. Again, what the hell? But it is good! Really good! It just isn't for Christmas anymore.

Kim Grant, the publicist who sent me the CD, could have warned me. Rich Dembowski is part of this band. He was the force behind Old Californio, a band everyone should research and a band I love(d). Kim knows this. His old buddy, pedal steel player Woody Aplanalp, who was also with Old Californio, plays on a track also. This isn't anything like Old Californio. It is quite unlike the vast majority of things I've heard.

They call it blackgrass. I suppose there is a reason. I didn't read the promotion sheet which came with the CD. I didn't want it to cloud my judgment. I'm almost afraid to read it now. I could easily have gotten everything wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.

There is one final what-the hell.  Here it is April 21st and the album is scheduled for release July 15th.  That's too long to wait.  Petition the band.  Hound them.  Stalk them.  This is an album some of you need to hear, if only to regain your faith in music again.  They can be reached at elouisemusic.com.  

Oh, and before I forget.  This is the first album I have come across in some time which sounds like its album jacket.  Ponder that, if you will.

BEEHIVE CANDY

ELOUISE: BLACK HORSES

APRIL 18, 2016

'Black Horses' is just a small flavour of the album 'Deep Water'. The album is something of an epic journey into a genre of music they identify as Blackgrass. The album cover somehow hints at what's in store across thirteen songs. If the vocals don't get you, the surreal collection of instruments and the incredible songs most certainly will. It is at times dark, ominous and intriguing. It is also an alternative work of art, file under excellent.

EAR2THEGROUND MUSIC

ELOUISE DEEP WATER

APRIL 18, 2016

This is the brilliant title track from their new album due out in the summer. This was my first listen and I am hooked.

album REVIEW BY MARK HASKELL SMITH

Acclaimed author Naked At Lunch, Raw, Salty, Baked, Delicious, Moist and Heart of Darkness

MARCH 25, 2016

Fueled by a sordid real-life backdrop of good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday, Elouise is an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass. It is the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of bluegrass, a black symphonic sound and weary emotional vocals that tell original tales of struggle and reimagine songs from our collective Americana consciousness. 

Elouise deconstructs and reimagines classic songs like Amazing Grace, I’ll Fly Away and the sweaty revival tent of Fire and Brimstone (which sounds like an old Alan Lomax field recording) shaking these old chestnuts to their bones, revealing an underbelly of the darkness of Americana standards and turning them into a booze-sodden cry from America’s trailer park soul. These are haunting and beautifully dark sonic explorations. They also create original songs: the funereal Dixie-land march to the nearest Sazerac in Saturn Bar; the gypsy-cello slow burn of Evil; the vengeful chant of the world’s most disturbed ex-lover in Hurricane, and the title track Deep Water, a fragile suicide ballad,  proclaiming “Kiss me goodnight forgive me my sins. I’m goin’ to the bottom, not comin up again.”

Deep Water is the debut album from Elouise. A bold, unsettling collection of Blackgrass music recorded in the living room of a 1920’s ramshackle hacienda tucked away in the California foothills. The thirteen tracks on Deep Water showcase the range and expression of Elouise’s depression and madness -- there is some fucked up and exquisite music in here. Give it a listen.

cover lay down

NEW ARTISTS, OLD SONGS: 2016 RISING STARS (THE OH HELLOS, ELLE KING, ELOUISE & MORE!)

January 10, 2016

Formed complete with a soundtrack-composers-turned-album-makers mythos, new “blackgrass” collective Elouise plays a primitive, angsty, menacing form of folk that uses vintage Appalachian string instruments and gear to squeeze the raw pain out of the psyche through song.

And yes, it’s as good as that makes it sound.

Tipped off by a tense, scratchy Christmas cover of Silent Night that was anything but calm and bright, we had to go looking for more. Their forthcoming debut, the aptly-named Deep Water, drops in 2016, and we’re eager for it: check out this beautiful whole-cloth deconstruction of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, and a pair of traditionals reborn as stunning gothic hymns, to hear why, and then click through for originals of equal delight on their website.

 

50THIRDANDTHIRD: WRITTEN BY MUSIC JUNKIES FOR MUSIC JUNKIES

RECORD OF THE DAY IS "I'LL FLY AWAY" BY ELOUISE

DECEMBER 18, 2015

So I grew up in the South where hymns flow through my head without me realizing what exactly it is that I am humming, which brings me to our record of the day, “I’ll Fly Away” by Elouise. Sounds of blackgrass, a sub-genre of bluegrass, mixing the influence of storytelling and strong, raw emotion. Elouise brings dark images to my mind as the thick, drowning vocals surrounded by the scratchy acoustics surround my thoughts, both intriguing and beautiful in a deviant and desperate way. Sounds of pain and struggle accompanied with a menacing tempo give me chills and I want to dive deeper.

folk radio uk: The UK's Leading Folk & Roots Music Website and Radio Station

DECEMBER 16, 2015

Elouise releases her new album Deep Water in 2016 which, whilst steeped in the American Gothic, calls upon a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds from classical, rock, bluegrass and folk music. With a band made up of musicians who have played in symphonies, dabbled in theatre production and composed for television shows you can expect a strong cinematic leaning although it also maintains that feel of a music from an older world, one which was burdened by everyday hardships, something Elouise enhances with her wonderful weary drawl. For a taste of what’s to come Watch the video for the albums title track, Deep Water,

...We’re guessing that most of you certainly won’t have heard a version of ‘Silent Night’ like this before.

blurt

ANNUAL BLURT CHRISTMAS ALBUM GUIDE

DECEMBER 22, 2015

Admittedly, you have every right to be suspicious of any music that calls itself “Blackgrass”- a goth take on bluegrass- but the settings here are so graphic that they’re moving, pushing aside any question of kitsch.  The haunted, halting strings swirl around Elouise Walker’s cracked, broken voice, making a holiday hymn into a drawn-out, pained work of anguished beauty which reshapes the song and brings back fond memories of Chapel Hill grim realists Trailer Bride.  Not a carol anymore but emotional and stirring nevertheless.  And wouldn’t you want to see a black-clad chorus reenacting this?  Get your gloom at https://soundcloud.com/user-481899170/silent-night.

no depression: THE ROOTS MUSIC AUTHORITY

DECEMBER 22, 2015

[Elouise] creates an ominous cinematic soundscape that blends instrumental and storytelling influences from bluegrass traditions with virtuosic strings, alternative old world instrumentation and raw gritty vocalizations seeped in desperation and pain. Deconstructing traditional song material within a languid tempo and menacing, dusty and often times rickety musical foundation wrought with emotional turmoil, human struggle and themes of the afterlife.

AMERICANA DAILY

INTRODUCING ELOUISE AND THE BIRTH OF BLACKGRASS

DECEMBER 17, 2015

..."calling upon raw emotion and a seasoned stable of musicians whose experience ranges from classical, rock, bluegrass and folk, to create songs that sometimes depart from traditional song structure leading to deviant musical inroads."

TIMBER AND STEEL: AUSTRALIA'S HOME OF NU-FOLK,TRAD, ROOTS, ACOUSTIC, INDIE AND MORE

THE BEST FOLKY CHRISTMAS SONGS OF 2015

DECEMBER 22, 2015

Thank You Timber and Steel for Putting the Elouise version of Silent Night on the list of the best Christmas songs for 2015. Other Artists on the list were Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, The Felice Brothers, Sufjan Stevens

50THIRDANDTHIRD: WRITTEN BY MUSIC JUNKIES FOR MUSIC JUNKIES

RECORD OF THE DAY IS "SILENT NIGHT" BY ELOUISE

DECEMBER 22, 2015

More Music by Elouise...A dark and deviant version of blackgrass "Silent Night"

axs

ELOUISE WANTS FANS TO HAVE A FREE "SILENT NIGHT"

DECEMBER 18, 2015

"The song is performed in their signature music genre of blackgrass. ...a genre that decontstructs traditional song material within a languid tempo and menacing, dusty and often times rickety foundation wrought with emotional turmoil, human struggle and themes of the afterlife."

Blabber n’ Smoke UK

December 17, 2015

Thank you Paul Kerr for giving Elouise a tweet!

WNCW radio

December 2015

Thank You for playing Silent Night on your radio show!

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

ELOUISE IS:

JOHN CHAMBERLIN, ELOUISE WALKER, RICH DEMBOWSKI, MICHELLE BEAUCHESNE, WILLIAM BONGIOVANNI

Instagram Feed

You must select a collection to display.

TOUR

SIGN UP ON OUR MAILING LIST TO RECEIVE THE LATEST ELOUISE TOUR DATES AND UPDATED INFORMATION.

CONTACT KIM GRANT AT KGMUSICPRESS.COM FOR PRESS RELEASE, PHOTOS & ANY PRESS INQUIRIES