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Ellevator Share New Single & Video “Charlie IO”

October 23, 2021
credit Stephanie Montani


Share New Single/Video “Charlie IO”

Debut Album Due Early 2022
via Arts & Crafts

The Hamilton, Ontario-based trio, Ellevator are sharing their new single, “Charlie IO” which is out via Arts & Crafts (Broken Social Scene, Stars) and arrives with another fine visual accompaniment, once again directed by Cam Veitch. Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), who has previously helmed production duties for the likes of Foxing and Tegan & Sara, the track arrives as another signpost towards the band’s debut album which is set for release in early 2022.

Ellevator’s new single screams such beauty, Charlie IO is crafted with these dedicated tones and immersive rhythms, the melodic and intimate vocal harmonies emit throughout the delicate atmosphere and bring this compelling nature into the fragile ensemble. As the exploration continues the organic textures bring in some experimental attributes and alter the arrangement with the introduction to more modern tonality. The journey, as captured within the video, it’s simply engrossing and moving for all those involved, Ellevator and the audience.

The new single provides another smart insight into the sonic direction of the band’s forthcoming body of work, drawing once more on the melodramatic post-rock and indie-rock of late-aughts indie music, the likes of Spoon, Arcade Fire and Metric, as well as the stadium-ready sounds of U2, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. Knotting together subtle piano, washy guitars and swirling percussion to produce a vast expansive soundscape, “Charlie IO” is about confronting a friend who’s seeking self-discovery through psychedelics and other pseudo-religious escapisms without doing the hard and un-sexy work of real self-reflection and owning your shit.

Speaking about the new single, singer Nabi Sue Bersche says: “I’ve tried to find myself in all sorts of funny ways, and in a world full of brands exploiting our unending well of vanity it’s easy to make that “journey” to the center of your life. I imagine that when you finally find yourself or find god or reach nirvana or tap into universal knowledge, you’ll realize you’ve been there all along and you still have to do the dishes.”

Walla adds: “Everyone spins out. All of our friends and the rest of us too, maybe just yesterday or even right now.  Eye contact is the most powerful tool in our everyday social toolbox to help someone in a spinout reconnect with reality, with the space we share together, and with whatever part of themselves is dizzy or lost or out of focus. Nabi is fundamentally empathetic and also quite serious, and though it’s impossible to make eye contact in a purely auditory medium, the goal with the choruses in “Charlie IO” was to give the listener that impression from the singer: you’ve been stopped, taken firmly but gently by the shoulders, and looked dead in the eye by someone who cares about you a great deal, in a way that you may have forgotten about when you were halfway to infinity.”

Director, Cam Veitch expands on the video to say: “With “Charlie IO” we wanted to pay homage to a video that stuck with a generation, 1000 Miles by Vanessa Carlton. We wanted to conjure up that uncanny feeling of Deja Vu mixed inside a hypnotic performance, while still having pieces that feel personal to this track. It was a ton of fun to make and I hope we did Vanessa proud.”

Following the release of their eponymous debut EP in 2018, Ellevator, who are comprised of vocalist, Nabi, guitarist, Tyler Bersche and bassist/synth, Elliott Gwynne, cut their teeth on the road, sharing stages with the likes of Amber Run, Banners, Our Lady Peace, Arkells, Bishop Briggs, Cold War Kids, and Dear Rouge.

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