Eli Conley and Hip for Squares | All the Livelong Day EP

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All the Livelong Day EP

by Eli Conley and Hip for Squares

This debut EP will stir your soul with three-part harmonies that pack a political punch. "Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!" raves accclaimed roots music innovator Laura Love, "Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite."
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1. Pinocchio
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2. We Will Rise
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3. All the Livelong Day
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4. Dry As Sin
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5. Send Out Your Sentries
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eli Conley has a country choirboy croon and a singer/songwriter's sincerity. He crafts songs that ride the rail between indie folk and alt-country from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots.

On May 7th, 2011, Eli Conley and Hip for Squares released their first recording, the five-song EP All the Livelong Day, to a sold-out crowd in Berkeley, California. Joined by Maia "Papaya" Wiitala on upright bass and Talia Cooper on vocals, together Eli and the band create a sound that will stir your soul with three-part harmonies that pack a political punch. They followed their CD release with an appearance on stage in front of hundreds at the San Francisco Trangender Pride March, and a Pacific Northwest Tour.

All the Livelong Day spans from an up-tempo folk pop exploration of gender reminiscent of the Indigo Girls and Girlyman (“Pinocchio”) to a finger-picked minor key ballad tracing the impacts of supermax prisons and mountaintop removal mining with echoes of Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott (“Dry as Sin”). Acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love has called “We Will Rise,” a “gorgeous anthem,” and the trio’s voices rise in escalating harmonies– “Yes, I will fight this year I’ll fight / till this song is true, till we all can live our lives / with bread to eat and no one scraping by / We Will Rise.” The EP’s title track is pure country fun, a dialogue between two men in love in Tennessee. And “Send Out Your Sentries” is a powerful song about family and distance that rises to a harrowing crescendo, highlighting the interplay of Eli’s voice and Maia’s upright bass.

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Doug Tennant

Once is not enough
Eli Conley's voice is as clear as a bell and rings true. It's a shame Hip for Squares is a one time offering because Maia and Talia complete an awesome sound, an exceptional balance and blend. The writing is superb. I especially love Pinocchio for its upbeat affirmation and All the Livelong Day for its genuine bluegrass sweetness. More songs on this album and the promise of a follow up would have easily gotten all 5 stars.
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