Elijah Wolf | Future Yard

We’re really happy to be welcoming Brooklyn-based American songwriter Elijah Wolf to Future Yard this autumn. Wolf’s lush, nostalgic songwriting evokes pastel-hued visions of the great American outdoors, while tiptoeing through longing and loneliness. New album Brighter Lighting is a step up similar to Kurt Vile’s classic Smoke Ring For My Halo – so you’ll want to get in there early with this one.
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Given the state of the world these days, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting — and necessary — moment for Wolf’s stunning new collection, Brighter Lighting, to land. Recorded with acclaimed producer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Andrew Combs) and an all-star band including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, the album marks the start of an adventurous new chapter for Wolf, who moves beyond the spare and isolated bedroom folk of his earlier work here in favour of a more collaborative, immersive sound. The record’s arrangements are lush and textured, fuelled by vintage synthesisers and psychedelic guitars that come together in swirling Technicolor landscapes, and the writing is bold and ambitious to match, hinting at everything from Fleetwood Mac to Kurt Vile as it reckons with doubt and hope, anxiety and comfort, loneliness and connection. There is nostalgia and longing in the music, to be sure, but ultimately Brighter Lighting is a meditation on growing up and being present, on gaining perspective by sitting still in a world that, for all its painful flaws and shortcomings, remains a place of infinite possibility and wonder.

"At its core, this is an album about stopping in your tracks long enough to observe and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, even when things seem like they’re at their worst. It’s about looking into the darkness and finding the light."

Brighter Lighting follows Wolf’s critically lauded 2018 debut, On The Mtn Laurel Rd. Recorded almost entirely alone in a small Brooklyn bedroom, the album grappled with loss and letting go and introduced Wolf as an evocative writer with a gift for cinematic scene setting. The Wild Honey Pie hailed the record’s “richly detailed lyrics and emotional vocal delivery,” while Paste praised its “flowing beauty,” and the music helped earn Wolf festival bookings on both sides of the pond, from Mountain Jam to End Of The Road.

Elijah Wolf

Future Yard presents
Elijah Wolf
7th September 2021
75 Argyle Street
Doors 7pm
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