SOURCE: Rykodisc

February 28, 2008 15:15 ET

Elf Power Return With Their Much-Anticipated New Album, "In A Cave," Available March 25th, 2008 on Rykodisc

"...Hazy Pop Bliss" -- Pitchfork; "Andrew Rieger's Wispy Voice Suggests a Deep Haze of Melancholy Yearning." -- Spin

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 28, 2008) - Athens, Georgia's favorite experimental indie-pop band, Elf Power, is back in a big way, and set to release their ninth studio album, "In A Cave," on March 25th, 2008 through Rykodisc. And, to kick-off the new release, The Elves are heading out of their cave and hitting the road in support of the release (with several performances scheduled at SXSW, including a Waterloo in-store performance on Friday, March 14th at 5:00pm). Complete tour dates follow below.

"In A Cave" blasts Elf Power past the familiar territories of their previous records and lands them on exciting new terrain. Granted, the Elves' sound is still founded on the bedrock attributes that make them memorable: leader Andrew Rieger's otherworldly lyrical stances, their easy way with melody, and an overall eclectic approach towards making music.

Rieger comments, "The writing of the new record was a little more collaborative than usual. Eric Harris (drummer/multi-instrumentalist) came to me with some really great instrumental songs, and while on a road trip this past summer I listened to the tracks, coming up with melodies, and scrawling out lyrics as I drove. 12 hours later I had vocal melodies and lyrics for 4 songs, which all ended up on the record. That was definitely a new approach to songwriting for me, as I'm used to writing alone on acoustic guitar."

One of the founding bands of the legendary Athens, Georgia Elephant 6 Collective, Elf Power has been performing and recording since 1994. With "In A Cave," Elf Power finds a perfect synthesis of their solid, instinctual ensemble playing and open-hearted experimentation, and the result is one of the best, most assured records to come soaring out of Athens in a long, long time.

Members of Elf Power also own and operate Orange Twin Records, an independent record label focused squarely on the local community. A percentage of proceeds generated by the label helps fund The Orange Twin Conservation Community, which owns 155 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of Athens and has initiated the development of a highly progressive, self-sustainable and ecologically-minded cluster village and nature preserve. In keeping with the green theme, Rykodisc will release "In A Cave," printed on recycled paper stock.

Rieger continues, "The Orange Twin Conservation Community is making advances. There's currently one giant farmhouse that a lot of folks live in. It is a house that was originally in Athens that was going to be torn down, so we got it for $1 and moved it five miles out to the land. Another recent development is a chicken coop with about 30 chickens, so between the eggs from the chickens, and vegetables from the garden, there's lots of good, fresh food to be had. The only problem is that the dogs keep getting into the chicken coop and killing the chickens!"

Elf Power on tour 2008:

March 10   Thirsty Hippo          Hattiesburg, MS
March 12   Bourbon Rocks          Austin, TX  (SXSW Athens Music Show)
March 12   Spiro's                Austin, TX  (SXSW Orange Twin Night)
March 13   Maggie Mae's           Austin, TX  (SXSW Planetary
                                               Presents Skewer BBQ)
March 13   Flamingo Casino        Austin, TX  (SXSW Under the Radar/
                                               Team Clermont Party)
March 14   Waterloo In-Store      Austin, TX  (Open to the public)
March 15   Spanish Moon           Baton Rouge, LA
March 29   40 Watt                Athens, GA (CD Release Party)
April 2    The Map Room           Charleston, SC
April 3    Duke Coffeehouse       Duke University, Durham, NC
April 4    Court Square Theater   Harrisonburg, VA
April 5    Johnny Brenda's        Philadelphia, PA
April 6    Great Scott            Allston, MA
April 7    Mercury Lounge         New York, NY
April 8    Union Hall             Brooklyn, NY
April 9    SUNY Oswego            Oswego, NY
April 10   Grog Shop              Cleveland Heights, OH
April 11   Subterranean           Chicago, IL
April 12   400 Bar                Minneapolis, MN
April 15   High Dive              Seattle, WA
April 16   Towne Lounge           Portland, OR
April 18   Bottom of the Hill     San Francisco, CA
April 19   Spaceland              Los Angeles, CA
April 21   Casbah                 San Diego, CA
April 22   Solar Culture Gallery  Tucson, AZ
April 24   8.0                    Fort Worth, TX
April 25   Mohawk                 Austin, TX
April 26   The Mink               Houston, TX

Rykodisc, home of Elf Power, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008. As a way of saying thanks for supporting our music, Rykodisc is offering five free downloads on the 25th day of each month in 2008. The downloads are available at www.rykodisc.com. Keep listening!

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