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David Ell


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David Ell announces himself with his debut album Wreckingball, a record full of dark, brooding and powerful pop songs. Born in Sheffield his family moved to small Scottish village Falkland, in Fife, when he was young. He displayed a verve and passion for music from a young age, teaching himself piano, performing in local shows and writing his own music.

Wreckingball is his first studio album, which he recorded and mixed at Cava Studios in Glasgow, an album variously reviewed and described as “epic”, having a “big big sound”, “lush and full” and simply “the best debut album in ages”. The album touches on themes of loss of faith, love and identity. “For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further”.

Influences are hinted at in his debut album. It is no surprise to learn that he admires the music of bands such as Sigur Ros, Coldplay, U2, the Killers, Radiohead, Editors, the Doves, Arcade Fire and the Cure and singer songwriters like Stephen Fretwell, Damien Rice, Tom Waits, Conor Oberst among others. While the tracks on his debut feature all lend themselves to more pared down acoustic versions, there is no doubt the finished sound of this album is a big big band sound richly crafted with layer upon layer of guitar and keyboard parts driving the strong melodies at the heart of this album.

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