“Atmospheric, poetic, gentle Goth tinged post-punk meets a kind of vaudevillian sensibility, a steely music hall vibe for end times”
— The Even Ground
About David Ell
David Ell announced himself with his debut album Wreckingball, a record full of dark, brooding and powerful pop songs....This was his first studio album, which he recorded and mixed at Cava Studios in Glasgow, an album reviewed as "epic", having a "big big sound", "lush and full" . "For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further" (Is This Music). It's an eclectic sound, mixing the best traditions of classic British and American pop-rock.
David Ell followed up with his second long player released 2012 and entitled Dance of the Furies. This represented an arresting change of direction from the indie alternative electronica rock sound of his debut feature. An entirely instrumental album with a distinctive theme, a story set to music, and classical influences coming to the fore, it featured in NBT Music Radio's 100 top albums of 2012 alongside artists such as Sigur Ros, Richard Hawley and Bats for Lashes whilst one of the tracks Destiny Waits While The Twilight Fires Fade featured as one of the top 100 tracks of the year.
David Ell's third studio solo album Welcome To The Ball is also currently available - released under record label Mask Carnival in 2016 - and can be downloaded through I-Tunes, Bandcamp, through David Ell's website, CD Baby and various other outlets and is of course available for streaming on the usual streaming platforms. Welcome to the Ball is a full on pop rock album , taking as its inspiration the changing faces of a classical Venetian masked ball, as evidenced by the album artwork and the haunting music video for Man Behind the Mask.
David is currently finalising his fourth album, a ten track album recorded and mixed with a five piece band at Chamber Studio, Edinburgh - in this new sound David Ell strays in to alternative progressive rock territory. A couple of track mixes can be heard on this EPK's sample track player along with tracks from David Ell's first and third albums. The album is due for release in 2020.
David Ell has headlined and played at many venues around the country including the City Halls, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and O2 Academy.
"music of real character" (David Sinclair, The Times)
"Welcome to the Ball is a cool confident catchy pop confection....reminiscent of early 90s Brit-pop like Blur’s best. Songs are immaculate in their delivery...."
Flatline: "Downright beautiful the piece has a dreamy, dramatic feel to it..."(Skope)
"a big screen cinematic emotional explosion of an album"
"packed to the gills with musical ideas"
"David Ell has a clear musical vision in mind, and can push the catharsis to a frenzied explosion"
"Atmospheric, poetic, gentle Goth tinged post-punk meets a kind of vaudevillian sensibility, a steely music hall vibe for end times" (The Even Ground)
"...as a songwriter, David Ell compares favourably with great songwriters like U2 and Radiohead" (Is this Music)