The Essex Green
return this summer with new album
Hardly Electronic – out 29th June
on Merge Records
The Essex Green are back with their new album, Hardly Electronic, set for worldwide release on June 29th on Merge Records. Along with the LP announcement, the band (Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron, and Christopher Ziter) are sharing the album’s animated opener “Sloane Ranger”.
Hardly Electronic is a blood moon-inspired album featuring signature Essex Green harmonies layered over classic rock ’n’ roll, baroque, and countrypolitan stylings.
Formed in Brooklyn in 1998, The Essex Green 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. Their unique blend of harmony-infused pop music culminated in the 2006 release of Cannibal Sea.
Sasha, Jeff, and Christopher were last seen together in the late aughts, waving from their van as they bid farewell to Brooklyn. And then, the unthinkable: The Essex Green went silent. But why? Legal cannabis? Climate change? Bad oysters? Nothing so dramatic. It was a simple promise made among them to chase down their separate dreams: Jeff to build a houseboat and navigate the mighty Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers; Christopher to return to his home state of Vermont and lead local fermentation efforts; and Sasha to decamp to Montana to study elk rutting.
Having achieved their goals or not, they vowed to break their silence in secret on the frigid waters of Lake Champlain during the blood moon eclipse of 2015 when the effect of the moon in Libra would be most powerful. Over the next two years, the three continued to meet and record in undisclosed locations. The result is Hardly Electronic, a music mapping of the trio’s personal journeys over the past decade.
Photo credit: Meg Rupert