The Essex Green
get anthemic on
“Don’t Leave It in Our Hands”
New album, Hardly Electronic
out 29th June on Merge Records
At the start of the week we were met with “Don’t Leave It in Our Hands,” a new song from The Essex Green’s hotly anticipated Hardly Electronic (out June 29 on Merge Records! Paired with a perfectly ominous video directed by Kayhl Cooper, the band says, “’Don’t Leave It In Our Hands’ questions how a generation handles their culture colliding with a technology freight train. Is it an anthem? Yes. Is the outcome uncertain? Definitely.”
Hardly Electronic was a true team effort, with all songs being written, produced, and recorded by The Essex Green in studios across America, including California, Montana, New York, and Vermont (where this music video was filmed). Fans will recognize The Essex Green’s signature sound in this work, their first since 2006’s Cannibal Sea: stacks of harmonies, upbeat melodies telling melancholy tales, layers of keys and sparkling Telecasters. Their time-honored custom of fusing obsession with spontaneity has been refined through experience and wisdom. As SPIN said earlier this year, “the sunny ’60s-inspired melodies, perfectly sloppy rhythm guitar, singalong harmonies, and buoyant, handclap-friendly beat are all back too.”
Formed in Brooklyn in 1998, The Essex Green (Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron, and Christopher Ziter) released four albums between 1999 and 2006. They became one of the few bands from the Northeast to be associated with the groundbreaking Elephant 6 Collective.
Pre-order Hardly Electronic on CD as well as red and orange swirl Peak Vinyl.