30 January 2022
New album: EXTREME WITCHCRAFT,
Released: 28th January 2022
Everett about working with the album’s producer John Parish (best known for collaborating with PJ Harvey): “John Parish is one of the most even-tempered, polite
people I’ve ever met. A true gentleman. Actually he’s probably THE most polite person
I’ve ever met. But when he gets into the studio he becomes a mad scientist. If you make
music with John Parish, you get stuff no one else does. He has a really unique toolbox
and musical outlook. Perhaps his politeness is a coping mechanism to keep Mr. Hyde
under control when he’s out of his laboratory.”
Uncut Magazine (British music monthly): “Extreme Witchcraft snaps and snarls
more than usual, but wit, tunes and third-degree self-awareness continue to serve
the post-grunge, Randy Newman, well.” Score: 7/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Eels made another Eels album sounding like an Eels album.
But as Mark Oliver Everett moves and grooves, rocks and rolls like in the good days
Extreme Witchcraft feels like he’s having fun, although you never know for sure with
his capricious state of mind.
Singles/clips: Good Night On Earth / Steamy Engine / The Magic / Amateur Hour
– GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH –
– STEAMY ENGINE –
– THE MAGIC –
(My fav track on the album)
– AMATEUR HOUR –
Stream full album on Spotify…
31 October 2020
NME says: “Mark ‘E’ Everett’s 13th album under his melancholic indie moniker is a life-
worn collection that charts the rise and fall of a relationship, exuding fragile hope… Eels’
most complete and self-contained record, arguably the epitome of their ouvre and a record
that places E – in his own gruff, xylophone-toting way –alongside the great downtrodden romantics: Cohen; Rufus Wainwright; Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields; Nick Cave. Just the
sort of bullheaded optimism we need, in fact, to see us through the cold winter ahead.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Pick your favorite bottle of wine. Dim the lights. Relax on
your couch and press play with the remote control. Let Eels entertain you with his
break-up reveries, mixed emotions meditations and melancholic nightdreams. You’ll
feel better afterward because, after all, it’s about other people’s misery. That’s what
the E crooner accomplishes over and over again.
Key singles: Who You Say You Are / Baby Let’s Make It Real
– WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE –
– BABY LET’S MAKE IT REAL –
17 January 2018
The EELS led by singer/songwriter and life philosopher MARK OLIVER EVERETT return with new, 12th album DECONSTRUCTION in April. Ina press statement Everett says about the new record: “Here are 15 new EELS tracks that may or may not inspire, rock, or not rock you. The world is going nuts. But if you look for it, there is still great beauty to be found. Sometimes you don’t even have to look for it. Other times you have to try to make it yourself. And then there are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside.”
The first single is the gloomy title track. A downhearted I break apart ballad. Beautifully arranged and nostalgically orchestrated. A touching mixed emotions musing. Here’s the audio track…