‘Upper Hell’ is the sixth album to be released by pop noir collagist Ela Orleans. Produced by Howie B, it’s out now on his new label, HB Recordings. Howie was introduced to Ela’s music by his sister and was so wowed that he offered to produce an album for her. She is also the first artist signing to HB Recordings.
Inspired by Dante’s ‘Inferno’, ‘Upper Hell’ is an intriguing, cerebral body of work that sees Orleans push her pastoral pop roots into more cinematic terrain, experimenting with carefully considered sound art segments and complex electronic textures.
Ela has been flirting with the dance aesthetic for a while under another moniker TRACT so Howie’s offer to produce this album allowed her to explore that further with this album.
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Orleans is a Polish musician now based in Glasgow. She was a member of the genre defying Glasgow band Hassle Hound, has played with various luminaries of the New York experimental and noise scenes and is a composer for the screen and theatre.
During her career this hugely prolific artist has released five solo albums and collaborated on several more. Her 2012 album ‘Tumult in Clouds’ won the Mercury alternative the Dead Albatross Prize in 2013 and her work has won her admirers in The Pastels, David Lynch, Thurston Moore and Ian Rankin.
June 27: Glasgow (UK) @ CCA
May 21: Anglet (FR) @ Ecuries de Baroja
May 23: Nantes (FR) @ Les Atelier de Bitche
May 27: Paris (FR) @ Villette Sonique Festival
May 29: Tours (FR) @ Temps Machine
June 19: Berlin (DE) @ Marie-Antoinette
July 25: Bottna (SWE) @ Clandestino Festival