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Back to the Web

  • 1. Come Lie Down with Me (And Sing My Song)
    2. Old Familiar Scene, An
    3. Rolling Black Water
    4. King of Earth
    5. Peel Back the Moon, Beware!
    6. 23rd Dream
    7. Somewhere Down the River
    8. Spider and the Fly, The
    9. Forming
    10. All the World Is Waiting
    11. Under the Northern Sky
    12. Back to the Web
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10848

  • Credits
    EngineerDerek Almstead

    Elf Power: Andrew Rieger (guitars, bass guitar); Jimmy Hughes (guitars); Julie DeRoche (banjo); Derek Almstead, Bryan Poole (bass guitar); Josh Lott, Madeline Adams, Deanna Varagona, Laura Carter, Heather McIntosh , Raleigh Hatfield, John Fernandes, Davey Wrathgabar.
    Personnel: Jimmy Hughes (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Andrew Rieger (vocals, guitar, percussion); Laura Carter (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Josh Lott (vocals, drums, percussion); Madeline Adams, Raleigh Hatfield, Davey Wrathgabar (vocals); Derek Almstead (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Julien Derocher (banjo); John Fernandes (violin, clarinet); Heather McIntosh (cello); Deanna Varagona (baritone saxophone).
    Recording information: Pixel Studios, Athens, GA (2005).
    Photographers: Andrew Rieger; Laura Carter; Jimmy Hughes; Mark Dawursk; Kelly Ruberto; Andy Cherewick; Robbie Cuchario; Chris Rieger; Terry Rowlett; Ross Bullwinkel; Joanna Vass.
    On BACK TO THE WEB, Elf Power's debut album for their new label, Rykodisc, the band continues its development toward a more focused, intense sound. Hailing from Athens, GA, the band was part of the neo-hippie Elephant 6 collective that also spawned Neutral Milk Hotel, the Apples in Stereo, and Olivia Tremor Control (John Fernandes of OTC even makes an appearance here).
    After mastering the psych-pop of Elephant 6, Elf Power moved toward a more straightforward rock sound, but this 2006 release finds the band incorporating Eastern musical influences to create a darker, more nuanced strain of folk-rock. The Middle Eastern and gypsy stylings benefit from an expanded lineup and richer orchestration, featuring everything from clarinet to banjo to accordion. Standouts include the infectious "Peel Back The Moon, Beware!" and the Grateful Dead homage "23rd Dream," positioning BACK TO THE WEB as an intriguing next step in the continuing evolution of these indie wildcards.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Singer Andrew Rieger has a clear, ingenuous voice, while the band's ability to rock out at the drop of a hat proves a pleasant surprise..."
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