Hey Elbow is an experimental pop outfit based out of Malmö, Sweden. Comprised of Julia Ringdahl (vocals/guitar), Ellen Petersson (horns/electronics), and Liam Amner (drums), they formed back in 2013, naming themselves after an aerobics routine they learned while attending a show by The Knife. Fast forward two years later, and the three-piece is gearing up to release its debut album Every Other on April 14th via Adrian Recordings.
As a preview, Hey Elbow has revealed “Ruth”. Trained in jazz and musical education, the band is said to utilize “noise, improvisation and freedom” in its music. “Ruth” is an exemplary illustration of this particular approach, its resplendent, shape-shifting nature calling to mind the colorful outbursts of tUnE-yArDs and the confounding intricacy of Deerhoof. Listen in below.
For more of Hey Elbow, check out the gorgeous single “Blanca”.