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Fueled by a sordid real-life backdrop of good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday, Elouise is an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass. It is the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of Bluegrass, a black symphonic sound and weary emotional vocals that tell original tales of struggle and re-imagine songs from our collective Americana consciousness.

Using a mix of Classical and Bluegrass instrumentation combined with an array of eclectic instruments including the marxophone, six-string banjo, bandoneon and harmonium, Elouise layers their sound with dark and beautifully dramatic European strings like the cello and double bass. This idea of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation is the signature sound of Elouise and Blackgrass. Add in world-weary and guttural vocals paired with instruments like the bandoneon (which produces one of the saddest sounds imaginable) and you get a musical experience that captures a distinctly original, emotionally fraught and unforgettable sound.

Elouise deconstructs and re-imagines classic songs like Amazing Grace, I’ll Fly Away and the sweaty revival tent of Fire and Brimstone (which sounds like an old Alan Lomax field recording) shaking these old chestnuts to their bones, revealing an underbelly of the darkness of Americana standards and turning them into a booze-sodden cry from America’s trailer park soul. Shadow of the Pines pays homage to Bluegrass royals, The Carter Family, with a slower tempo and a musically re-envisioned version of the original, mixing traditional Bluegrass instrumentation with the lonely and weary vocals of Elouise Walker, creating a desperate and beautiful love song reminiscent of early Bluegrass anthologies. Silent Night, a single that debuted around the holidays, is an age-old standard transformed into Elouise’s Blackgrass rendition with swirling strings, menacing vocal and six-string banjo topped off with a culmination of wailing hallelujahs that earned the praise of Blurt, Folk Radio U.K. and 50Thirdand3rd. The songs and recitations in Deep Water are haunting and beautiful, deviant and desperate sonic explorations that stretch the boundaries of Americana Music.

Not afraid to get a little dirt under their fingernails, Elouise digs deep into a murky past filled with struggle and real life escapades to create original songs: the funereal Dixie-land march to the nearest Sazerac in Saturn Bar, a journey to the other side, one filled with brushes with salvation, sin and intergalactic travel to the seedy watering hole in the 9th Ward in New Orleans before the flood. The dark gypsy-cello and double bass slow burn of Evil that casts a heavy old world cinematic spell over the record and the vengeful chant of the world’s most disturbed ex-lover fueled by lost love, blind obsession and an immanent storm of swirling guitars and thundering drums in Hurricane. The aching title track Deep Water, a fragile suicide ballad, featuring the woodsy sounds of cello and harmonium, have Elouise proclaiming “Kiss me goodnight forgive me my sins. I’m goin’ to the bottom, not comin up again.” and becomes an honest and brazen tale of loneliness and sinking despair that chronicles her impending demise.

Elouise is a band with a rich and diverse musical history with a stable of musicians well versed in the genres of Folk, Rock, Country and Classical. Elouise is: Elouise Walker, John Chamberlin, Rich Dembowski, Michelle Beauchesne and William Bongiovanni.

Deep Water is the debut album from Elouise. A bold, unsettling collection of Blackgrass music recorded in the living room of a 1920’s ramshackle hacienda tucked away in the California foothills. The thirteen tracks on Deep Water showcase the range and expression of Elouise’s depression and madness -- there is some fucked up and exquisite music in here. Give it a listen.