Welcome to to the official website for David Ell, the Alternative Indie and Acoustic singer, songwriter, producer and composer based in Scotland


David Ell's third studio album Welcome To The Ball is now available, released under independent record label Mask Carnival. 

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Bleed - Music Video 

For a little while now, I have been sitting on some unreleased material for the current album Welcome to the Ball......

I had all sorts of intentions but then I started working on a new album project (about which much more in a later post) .

In reality, I have been working on the new material, recording and writing sessions for the last year or so. However I reached a natural hiatus.  With all the recording and arranging recently completed, it gave me the opportunity to go back to some things I had diverted myself from.  And in so doing the more I delved into it, the more I listened back, the more I began to find some connections between the material on my current album and some of the new songs. So bizarrely it feels completely natural to come back to this.

Here is the video for the song Bleed, the third track on the album Welcome to the Ball. It's a full on post rock song touching on themes of disconnection and isolation - in many ways it feels very much a song for the age we live in. It's quite a full on sound. And there was only one way to go with the visual in my mind.


I am currently working up a set of live songs from both the forthcoming album and the current album - with any luck this will be one of them.



Welcome to the Ball: Album Release 

My third studio album Welcome to the Ball is now available through this site as well as independent record label Mask Carnival.  You can hear (and download) all the songs on the music page of this site (please also check out some videos). Check out the reviews on the testimonials page.

The album features as one of the top 100 albums of 2015 in NBT Music Radio's annual review alongside both established and independent artists. 

Song Review for unreleased track "Reach" 

Reach: Song Review David Sinclair, music critic for the Times, reviewing an unreleased track called Reach from forthcoming album Welcome To The Ball, describes it as "dark, dramatic and atmospheric. "I close my eyes and I'm floating in the clouds, I'm drifting in the sea," he sings as the music swirls around him in growing waves of electro-orchestral sound, and a sense of agitated desperation gradually engulfs him. "Angry voices close in on me so I start to run, run, run... The pain it comes, comes, comes." They could use this as the soundtrack for one of those Scandinavian TV murder-thrillers. With its deep sense of mystery and foreboding, this is music with real character...."

Post script: The official 2015 album track also features in the top tracks of 2015 as chosen by NBT Music, December 2015

Dance of the Furies; David Ell's instrumental album 

Dance of the Furies was named in NBT Music Radio's Top 100 Albums of the Year by any artist alongside features from established artists, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Bat for Lashes, Richard Hawley.  A track entitled Destiny Waits While The Twilight Fires Fade was also named as one of the top 100 singles of the year. Both the album and single tracks are available for download on I-Tunes and elsewhere on the site. Check out the following facebook links for the full review listings.

Review 1 Review 2


Video - We Carved Our Names Into The Wood, a.k.a. Scars  

Video - We Carved Our Names
Into The Wood, a.k.a. Scars
Please take the time to check out a video of an acoustic track based on a live studio recording.  This is an unreleased track from forthcoming third album Welcome To The Ball. The song itself is a bit of a rites of passage piece about childhood friends whose lives take slightly different paths before meeting again later in life. Catharsis ensues...The album track lyrics will be posted shortly if you want to get more under the skin of it! Instrumentation for this comprised a couple of acoustic guitar parts, a counter piano melody, kick drum, shaker/percussion and of course vocals. The album version is a slightly heavier arrangement.
Click here to watch video