Elysian Fields to Release New LP 'Pink Air' on Ojet Records

Elysian Fields Returns With An Apocalyptic Rock & Roll Joy Ride

Pink Air  Is Out On Ojet Records September 21st

Pink Air is the new album from the distinctive and idiosyncratic New York cult band Elysian Fields. Their 11th record is a post-apocalyptic rock & roll joyride, touching on themes as far-reaching as natural disasters and global warming (the menacing, carnal “Storm Cellar”), life under a narcissist would-be dictator (“Philistine Jackknife”), white supremacy (“Knights Of The White Carnation”), censorship and the erasure of history (the dystopian sci-fi of “Karen 25”), vulnerable families falling through the social safety net (“Household Gods”), and meditations on time, friendship, loss, and mortality (“Time Capsule,” “Star Sheen”). Despite its mordant tone, the record never feels heavy handed, its mood lightened with infectious hooks and doses of humor and satire.

Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are the writers who make up the critically-acclaimed, under-the-radar band that formed in 1995 and went on to develop a cult following of faithful fans around the world. A dalliance with a major label beginning in 1996 ended with their edgy and uncompromising second album with Steve Albini, which drove the label and band apart, ending their contract. They went on to forge a path outside of the mainstream, recording with a number of independent labels over the years, culminating in 2016’s evocativeGhosts of No. Side projects include two albums of Sephardic music on John Zorn’s Tzadik label under the name La Mar Enfortuna, the supergroup Lovage featuring Jennifer along with Dan the Automator and Mike Patton, and many more recordings, including those of French stars Jean-Louis Murat and Wax Tailor, and experimental composer JG Thirlwell. Jennifer has also maintained a career in theater alongside music, with leading roles in numerous Off-Broadway productions over the years. In 2016, she originated the part of the Girl Angel in Du-Yun’s opera Angel’s Bone, which went on to win the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Oren has served as a secret musical weapon for a host of artists, from Meshell Ndegeocello to Marina Abramović to Anohni. Jennifer and Oren have also composed for theater and dance pieces, and their music has appeared in television, film, and commercials around the world. Elysian Fields regularly tour in Europe, where their most loyal audience can be found in France. They are “musicians’ musicians,” consistently attracting top players from around the world to sit in with their live sets. In 2015, they opened a music venue in Brooklyn called The Owl Music Parlor.

Pink Air was tracked in the mountains outside Woodstock NY and finished in the Manhattan lair of studio wunderkind Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens). Its eleven songs are united by rock strut and cavern reverb, swathed in the darkness of a beat club, pinned under the shadow of a modern nightmare.

Jennifer Charles’s singing has never been more iconic, infusing each track with her legendary onstage charisma, her beguiling song craft remaining undimmed, every chorus resonating like your car stereo was invented just to play it. The lean, stinging leads and hard-driven rhythm guitar playing comes from Bloedow, resting on the meaty groove and head-cracking backbeat of all-time major leaguer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent), a key player in Elysian Fields since the band was forged in the music crucible of fin de siècle downtown New York City. Other giants of the NYC scene who appear are six-string ace Vernon Reid (Living Colour), returning EF collaborator Mark Plati (David Bowie), Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci), and CJ Camarieri (Paul Simon, Bon Iver), with Bartlett riding the virtual mixing desk.

Painting the present landscape in her precise and often caustic lyrics, Jennifer trains her gaze on the personal, intimate and spiritual, depicting friends and lovers in a novelistic way, against a backdrop of change and fear, political and social riptides. Sex (“Tidal Wave”), and romance (“Beyond The Horizon”) are thrown in for good measure. This Girl Angel and her feathered familiars in Elysian Fields have always soared among lofty air currents. For Pink Air, they clip those wings, touching down to roam the badlands with a rock & roll spirit animal.
CreditsAll songs Charles / Bloedow
Voluptuous Mind Music BMI /Lux Perpetua Publishing BMI

Jennifer Charles – vocals
Oren Bloedow – guitar, backing vox
Thomas Bartlett – programming, piano and keyboards
Matt Johnson – drums
Jonno Linden – bass guitar (O.B. – bass on “Star Sheen” “Household Gods”)
Simon ‘Hurricane’ Hanes – guitar
Vernon Reid – lead guitar on “Knights Of The White Carnation”
Ed Pastorini – backing vox on “Dispossessed”
CJ Camarieri – trumpet and brass arrangement on “Beyond The Horizon”

Recorded by Danny Blume at Hidden Quarry – Woodstock, NY
Mixed by Thomas Bartlett (except “Tidal Wave” “Knights Of The White Carnation” by Danny Blume and “Star Sheen” by Mark Plati)
Cover photo by Willie Ablao
Back cover and inside photos by Michael Lavine
Art Direction by Lance Scott Walker
Mastered by Tom Durack
Tour Dates
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, NY
[TICKETS] supporting The The
L'Epicerie Moderne
Feyzin, France
Le Brise Glace
Annecy, France
La Roche de Palmer
Bordeaux, France
Le Phare
Limoges, France
Montpellier, France
[TICKETS] w/ Franklin
La Cordonnerie, Cité de la Musique
Romans sur Isère, France
[TICKETS] w/ Joe Bel
La Moba
Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
[TICKETS] w/ Joe Bel
Des Lendemains Qui Chantent
Tulle, France
Le Chato'do
Blois, France
Milla Club
Munich, Germany
Roter Salon der Volksbühne
Berlin, Germany
[TICKETS] w/ Paul Wallfisch
Kulturfabrik (KuFa)
Krefeld, Germany
Theater Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany
[TICKETS] w/ Paul Wallfisch
Le Noumatrouff
Mulhouse, France
La Maroquinerie
Paris, France

Elysian Fields - Pink AirSeptember 21st Ojet Records
1. Storm Cellar
2. Star Sheen
3. Beyond The Horizon
4. Tidal Wave
5. Karen 25
6. Start In Light
7. Philistine Jackknife
8. Dispossessed
9. Household Gods
10. Knights of the White Carnation
11. Time Capsule