Ace Elijah – The Lonely Nights Are All That’s Left
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching an artist develop out of the artist development hell that can be “open mike night.” Ace Elijah paid his dues crooning his unique brand of gentle, jazz-inflected pop to many a deaf ear in saloons around Annapolis and now that he’s old enough to legally imbibe himself, those beer-soaked gigs are beginning to pay dividends.
This is an elegant record that, while owing much to the traditional pop of Tin Pan Alley, establishes Elijah’s authenticity. His vocals have been described as “intimate” and considering his classic pop phrasing, that’s as good a description as any. Self-assured and plaintive, these songs take their own time in revealing themselves and owe much to Elijah’s old-style recording approach where he performs live in the studio with little or no overdubs. Mickey Basil’s beautiful piano accompaniment adds another layer of warmth to a record that sounds as much crafted as performed.
Check out “This Is My Home For Now,” a traveling song vaguely reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian.
For a limited time, you can download the entire record for FREE.
Check out his live performance at Mill Creek Studio.