SEEKINGBand to Join, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Background Singer, Cello.
I am a singer songwriter and composer based in Scotland and have released three albums. My debut album Wreckingball, a dark indie rock album recorded and mixed at Cava Studios in Glasgow. The album was reviewed as "epic", having a "big big sound", "lush and full" . "For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further" (Is This Music 2008) and as an artist "compares favourably to great songwriters like U2 and Radiohead".
I released my second album in 2012 entitled Dance of the Furies. This was an entirely instrumental album with a distinctive theme and classical influences and featured in NBT Music Radio's 100 top albums of 2012 alongside artists such as Sigur Ros, Richard Hawley and Bats for Lashes whilst one of the tracks Destiny Waits While The Twilight Fires Fade featured as one of the top 100 tracks of the year. I recorded most of this at my home studio.
I have just released my third album Welcome to the Ball under independent record label Mask Carnival. Reviews include:
David Sinclair, music critic, the Times: "music of real character" Skope: "Welcome to the Ball is a cool confident catchy pop confection....reminiscent of early 90s Brit-pop like Blur’s best. Songs are immaculate in their delivery...." Flatline: "Downright beautiful the piece has a dreamy, dramatic feel to it..."
The Even Ground: "a big screen cinematic emotional explosion of an album"
"packed to the gills with musical ideas"
"David Ell has a clear musical vision in mind, and can push the catharsis to a frenzied explosion"
"Atmospheric, poetic, gentle Goth tinged post-punk meets a kind of vaudevillian sensibility, a steely music hall vibe for end times"
I have performed and headlined both solo and with bands at various venues including Oran Mor, O2 Academy, the Royal Concert Halls and have put together stage visuals to accompany live performances. I am currently putting together dates for my own shows to promote/perform one or two songs from my first album but mainly various tracks from my current album. I am now actively looking for an accomplished drummer/percussionist and guitarist to join the line up.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Feb 25 2008
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Muse, the Killers, the Cure, the Smiths, Radiohead, Editors, U2, Coldplay, John Lennon, Stephen Fretwell, Bruce Springsteen, Bright Eyes, Doves, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits, Neil Young
Can supply some equipment.
Don't Know Track number: 1 Year: 2016 Album: Welcome to the Ball Genre: Rock
Single from my current album Welcome to the Ball
MayThis track is from the album Wreckingball and is available for purchase on CD Baby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidell
ArmourThis track is from the album Wreckingball and is available for purchase on CD Baby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidell
Talking HeadsSuper super rough mp3 demo of a new track, thinking of doing something with it i.e re-recording all the tracks properly in a more controlled way...
Crystal Ball Girl
Crystal Ball Girla demo written/recorded a little while ago, sounds like a cross between Elton John and Live and Let Die to me, no idea where this one came from. Whatsoever. Will put on a proper drum section perhaps at some point rather than the studio chair, table and keyboard stand that I ended up hitting for the top end drum sounds
Close My Eyes
Close My EyesThe third track from my debut album Wreckingball
02 OxygenSecond track, Oxygen, from my debut album Wreckingball
01 Monna Lisa
01 Monna LisaOpening track Monna Lisa from my debut album Wreckingball.
The Man Behind the Mask - live version
The Man Behind the Mask - live versionlive recording using hand held olympus audio recorder to capture the room sound of a live rehearsal
Ghosts Live Studio Acoustic
Ghosts Live Studio Acoustictesting out an olympus hand held recording device in a music rehearsal room to a live version of one of my old songs ghosts, basically like a hand held room mic not to get all techy
American Dreama nine minute ode to the american dream, a tune in four parts, like a mini rock opera, i hope you stick with it, it starts at the end and goes back to the beginning. sort of.
Flatlinetitle track from a new album out later this year
Reachsneak peek at a new track - still demo stage - from a new album out later this year, every once in a while things happen that make you realise you are mortal and it brings about a sense of how lucky you are, makes you think about all the love in your life, the things that you need to hold close, thats what this one is about
Starlightinstrumental version of a chirpy little song I wrote recently
Bleedan unreleased track I wrote a while back and maybe will get round to sorting a proper mix for one day soon...
GhostsGhosts - track 8 from my debut album Wreckingball and the first track I ever wrote
Fevera pretty dark track from the album wreckingball for dark times
Through The Flames
Through The FlamesA preview track entitled Through the Flames from my instrumental album Dance of the Furies out later in the year
Bitter wind demo
Bitter wind demoa demo of a new track written and recorded after the radiation leak at the power plant in Japan
Deepheart Debut single from the album Wreckingball
WreckingballThe title track from David Ell's debut album entitled Wreckingball. "Raw heart on the sleeve pop"
1- The Seeker
1- The SeekerThe opening track from David Ell's forthcoming instrumental album Dance of the Furies, a ten piece album telling a mythical and epic story of an angry and frustrated soul goaded by furies who searches for escape from what he has come to see as the emptiness of his life, seeking a higher cause through ideas of glory as a soldier and warrior. The album follows him on his journey as he discovers the horrors of war and as he endures many encounters that force him to question his path and the hand he has played in bringing himself to the edge of his own existence. His journey leads him back to memories of his own childhood, a passage that inevitably leads him to face up to his inner demons. He discovers the biggest fight is not the one he faces on the battle field but the intense struggle to make sense of his life and actions and ultimately to save his soul.