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Elevator Ride

by Bronwen Exter

A 21st century hybrid of Peggy Lee and Astrud Gilberto stumbles into a David Lynch-inspired den of grit and testosterone.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Your Hands Away
3:09 $0.99
2. Los Angeles
2:35 $0.99
3. Trust What You Feel
2:16 $0.99
4. Building a Road
2:59 $0.99
5. I Change Every Minute
3:08 $0.99
6. She's Not in Love, She's in Pain
2:39 $0.99
7. Crack Cocaine
3:22 $0.99
8. Melancholy Boy
3:01 $0.99
9. Feed Your Loving Child
3:30 $0.99
10. Hell is Somewhere
3:15 $0.99
11. Wonderful Life
2:58 $0.99
12. Every Day's a Rainbow
2:48 $0.99
13. Brazil
3:43 $0.99
14. That Day Will Never Come
3:52 $0.99
15. Float
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Elevator Ride” is the Beauty and the Beast-like collaboration of two downtown rockers and a sultry ingénue. Co-produced by Kenny Siegal (Johnny Society) and Jonathan Spottiswoode (Spottiswoode & His Enemies), Exter’s debut CD is at once visceral and sophisticated. It brings together the trademark rawness and punchiness of Siegal, the noir cinema of Spottiswoode’s songwriting, and the breathy vulnerability of Exter’s singing.

Drummer Brian Geltner (Johnny Society, Nervous Cabaret) brings no shortage of grace and lunacy, and Spottiswoode’s famous horn-playing Enemies make a few appearances too. Miss Exter, the youngest granddaughter of a Ukrainian communist, a Disneyland-tire maker, an Yves St. Laurent wedding dress model and the Chief Statistician for President Lyndon Johnson, polishes the album off with her own song, “Float,” bringing the record to a lush, haunting close that anticipates a gorgeous second project, already in the works.

"OK, picture this: Lou Reed and Astrud Gilberto have a baby. She's raised by the band Mazzy Star until the age of 16, when she falls in love with James Bond and runs away to Argentina. Got it? The soundtrack for this story is the music of New York resident Bronwen Exter. Hypnotizing you with her husky, half-whispered vocals, she'll thrill you with the mixture of samba, tango and NYC cool, and entice you with lyrics about dreams, pain and roads from the moon to the sun. To the instrumental foundation of bass, drums and guitar, Exter adds organ, piano, trumpet and saxophone. The work of songwriter and producer Jonathan Spottiswoode is evident in the offbeat yet refined sound. From the refreshingly eccentric lyrics to the creative arrangements, Elevator Ride will be a trip your ears will want to take again and again." - Mare Wakefield, Performing Songwriter

"On her début album, “Elevator Ride,” Bronwen Exter’s voice is like a warm mist capable of obscuring all of life’s problems." - The New Yorker

“Exter possesses a breathy, ethereal singing voice that is reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins. Elevator Ride is full of enchanting tales of scorned women, the Deep South, and intoxicating tropical nights, with Exter's voice creating alternating senses of narcotic tranquility and tragic nightmare ... Basically, if you don't like this album, then there's something wrong with you.” - BreakThru Radio



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Ania Mathews

Bronwen's voice is reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies!
If you like the Cowboy Junkies, you'll love my little sister's album. She keeps it mild yet sensual. There's a longing - can't quite name it, but it's there...possibly for that something better that we all think about. Great songs to relax back with at the dimming of the day.

Amy Emerman

excellent debut from an enchanting chanteuse
Between Spottiswoode's clever lyrics and Bronwen's excellent delivery, this is a very listenable and enjoyable CD. Production is good. Very catchy songs include "I Change Every Minute", "Building A Road" and her own ethereal "Float". Highly recommended.

Amy Emerman

excellent debut from an enchanting chanteuse
Between Spottiswoode's clever, edgy lyrics and Bronwen's sultry and smooth, straight-up delivery, this is a very listenable and enjoyable CD. Production is good. Very catchy songs include "I Change Every Minute", "Building A Road" and her own ethereal "Float". Highly recommended.

satamakatu, Brussels

My ears definitely want to 'take this trip again and again'. Thank you!


Liquid Honey
Bronwen shows us a liquid honey version of life that we have forgotten - one that we should silently, peacefully, study - to not only, among other things, remember how musically languid and powerful we truly are!

Angelica Salcedo

A unique assemblage!
Brownwen is an extraordinary singer with a glorious sound (all her own). A raw sophistication, a unique assemblage of talents, I can’t rave enough. I’ve been listening Elevator Ride for a week now. Nonstop.
There is a longing… and the machine not only works, it’s pure perfection.


Beautiful – it could in fact, be what is behind the ‘Green Door’
The past reviews say it all, and then some.
Bronwen is: Liquid honey, a warm mist, an ethereal dream, a chunky piece of meat, and the best verbal lucid dream you ever had.


And Jonathan Spottiswoode, the main songwriter is just genius!!! His assistance for both Trevor AND Bronwen Exter is extraordinary (both albums and each style so very different). Kudos Johnathan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So good!!!

Nicole Renaud

Bronwen, your album is a masterpiece.....
Bronwen, your album is a masterpiece.....
I have been absolutely convinced since the first time I saw you. If I had a record label I would produce you right away.
All those beautiful songs will go very far.
It is just sparkles of magic in my ears and over my heart. thanks to you and the music magician at your side