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Elk & Boar | Something Out of Nothing

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Something Out of Nothing

by Elk & Boar

Soul / folk / indie band named after two great animals present their sophomore release, Something Out Of Nothing - a collection of eclectic songs that run the gamut; rootsy and whimsical, delicate and gritty, committed and detaching.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something
4:04 $0.99
2. Gold Rush
4:23 $0.99
3. Baby Please
5:14 $0.99
4. Passenger Blues
4:24 $0.99
5. Ten Steps
3:50 $0.99
6. Best Year
4:49 $0.99
7. XO
3:10 $0.99
8. Finest Thing
3:37 $0.99
9. Keep to the Road
3:40 $0.99
10. All's Well
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Something out of Nothing—funded by Kickstarter and produced by Elijah Thomson of Everest—finds Kirsten Wenlock and Travis Barker (not to be confused with Blink-182’s drummer) wrapping their rich harmonies around rootsy folk songs and delicate Dust Bowl ballads like a Pacific Northwest version of Shovels & Rope. " DAVE LAKE Seattle Weekly

Recorded @ The Cottage Studio
Produced/ Arranged/ Mixed by Elijah Thomson
Engineered by Elijah Thomson & Kirsten Wenlock
Mastered by TW Walsh
Art design by Ryan Meline
Travis Barker- vocals & guitar
Kirsten Wenlock- vocals & keys
Elijah Thomson- bass, guitar, banjitar, keys, organ, midi magic, tambourine, etc…
Sean Lane- Drums
Tim Wilson-additional vocals on XO, Finest Thing & All's Well
Heather Pasley- additional vocals on Best Year and All's Well
Art Design Ryan Meline
All songs written by Elk & Boar



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The World needs a hug from Elk and Boar
It has become a soundtrack to my life. A series of anthems and reflections and empathetic musings. I can't stop listening...it's kind of taking over my world, so proceed with caution. You may want to just start carrying around a boombox while you walk down the street instead of ear buds so that everyone knows how cool your musical taste is and how awesome the soundtrack to your life is. My favorite record of this year by far!


I Love This CD
It is refreshing to listen to a CD that takes you on a journey and is musically and lyrically so strong. Each song has a very unique style and shows the breadth of talent and vision Elk and Boar display. Two singer- songwriters rarely form this chemistry and unique sound. It's actually hard to pick a favorite song but "Best Year" with it's haunting hopefulness is a powerful ode to not giving up no matter what the odds. BUY THIS CD and support this awesome band.

Colin Weikmann

A lot of Something

Something Out of Nothing / Elk and Boar

With the release of their second album, the rugged yet graceful sounding folk-rock band Elk and Boar are well on their way to making a lot of something out of a little of nothing. The band consists of pianist and vocalist Kirsten Wenlock (Elk) and guitarist and vocalist Travis Barker (Boar). Together these two Washington natives make music that encompasses everything you would expect from a modern Pacific Northwest band. They have the harmonies, the basic folk instrumentation, the timeless feel, and the soul capturing sound. While their bright folk-rock sound may be familiar to some, it is familiar in the most pleasing way. What sets this band apart from the rest is the fact that both musicians are remarkably talented vocalists in their own right. Together their voices compliment each other exceptionally well as evident by the harmonies on the chorus of album opener “Something”. Kirsten’s animal title Elk describes her voice perfectly: elegant and gentle yet powerful and robust. Songs such as “Passenger Blues” and “XO” demonstrate this anthropomorphic description, though “Best Year”, a slower piano ballad, is where she truly shines. On the other hand, Travis’ voice is more difficult to describe, although it’s definitely more blues oriented and at times brings to mind Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Ultimately, the title Boar seems to fit his voice very well and he stands out in the dusty “Gold Rush”.

Throughout Something Out of Nothing, both vocalists deal with issues of love won and lost. Specifically, what it means to grow old and keep a relationship going strong while at the same time reminiscing about past events and trying to make sense of the impending future. While there are many stand out songs to be found throughout the album, perhaps the two that are most memorable are “Ten Steps” and “Baby Please”. “Ten Steps” is an energetic blues song which features Travis on lead vocals and Kirsten on backing vocals. The lyrics describe someone who is beginning to understand that the relationship they are in is coming to an end and wondering if it’s all right to call it quits. This topic is similar to the subject matter in “Baby Please”, though the song itself is much more emotionally gripping and straightforward. In this song, Elk and Boar trade off verses telling the tale of a married couple that’s struggling to keep their relationship alive. Other notable songs featured on the album include the fun “XO” and the riveting rock number “Finest Thing”.

The best part of the album is the emotion and imagery in which the songs will surely evoke inside you. There are moments of pure joy and moments of sorrowful pain, and as a listener you get the best of both these worlds. At times you listen and can imagine yourself sitting around a campfire with good company or speeding down an open highway while feeling the sun on your skin, and at other times you imagine yourself walking through a dense forest alone on a rainy northwest day or longing for that one love that got away. Whatever the songs make you feel and think you’re bound to feel a wide range of emotion at either ends of the spectrum. While the lyrics are beautifully well written, most of the time the vocals seem to be used as another instrument to stir up emotion rather than to tell a concrete story. And in the end, this seems to be what the band is aiming for, to make music that can be felt more than it can be heard. Although with the powerful voices of Elk and Boar taking front stage in the songs, there’s no way you’ll miss hearing this dynamic duo.