Artist Spotlight: Elliot Moss
By Mandi Kimes
Tonight, the stage of the Rebel Lounge will be greeted with some infectious indie-pop and electronic music. Headlining the evening is Colony House, whom I first heard of earlier this year when Spotify introduced their “Discover” playlist for the New Year. Their hit single, “Silhouettes,” was featured on my “Discover” playlist, and I couldn’t help but play the song on repeat, especially with lyrics grabbing my attention, such as, “Are you half empty? // Why don’t you feel up? // There’s no sense of holding onto something broken // Did you lose something, // Or someone you loved? // You’ve still got that story // Tell it every morning” Whoa, that’s pretty deep; especially for a song masked by energetic guitars and peppy vocals. And the chorus: “Nothing silhouettes ‘till the lights come on,” which is a heavy metaphor for this: yes, things get dark, but once you turn on the light, you realize what really matters and what’s there to stay and what has disappeared while the lights were off. Again, the music will lead you to believe it’s a dance-worthy song; and it is. But, lyricists will hear this song and just go, “whoa.”
Joining the lyric-heavy indie-rockers is Coin, a band that proclaims they represented ‘90s alternative nostalgia; but if I’m being honest, that’s more Alvvays or Tacocat territory. I hear more pop from our generation in their music than any hint of ‘90s throwback. However, that does not negate their talent: think Jack’s Mannequin revival mixed with Walk the Moon.
However the act I’m most excited to see is dark indie-electronica artist Elliot Moss, whom I had the pleasure of seeing at Eaux Claires Music Festival this past summer. Fans of James Blake will love the composition of Moss’ synths mixed with his soothing vocal effects, while Mutemath fans will appreciate the instrumentation and beat-heavy tunes. If you think you recognize the name, it’s probably because you’ve seen the viral video where a couple is interpretive contemporary dancing to his song “Slip” in a subway terminal.
And if you want to know more about Moss before heading down to Rebel Lounge, check out this interview we conducted with him at Eaux Claires that we dug up from our archives:
MANDI: After experiencing the first day of Eaux Claires, how has your experience been?
ELLIOT: It's been amazing! I loved watching the Lone Bellow, they were absolutely incredible! I really hope I get to see Bon Iver's set, because I missed The National's set due to some food poisoning. That was not fun.
MANDI: How did you become a part of Eaux Claires?
ELLIOT: Well, my manager is Nate Vernon, Justin (Vernon)'s brother. When Justin was building the line-up for the festival, Justin asked Nate if I'd be down to play. I obviously couldn't pass this up!
MANDI: People probably know you from the viral fan-made video for your song "Slip," which blew up instantly. How has that launched your career?
ELLIOT: It's so weird! I remember stumbling upon it when a friend "liked" their video on Facebook, which then showed up in my feed. I watched it, and it had almost four million views. The next day when I went to view it again, it had shot up to twelve million views! It was insane! I wrote them and said "Hey, thanks for this awesome video. I love it," and shared it with everyone I could. It was so beautifully done. I'm really proud.
MANDI: What do you do outside of music?
ELLIOT: I really like messing with 3D video effects. I found out I could have visuals for my set about twenty minutes before we went on, so I met up with the visual engineer and picked out some cool lights and shapes and told him my ideas and he made it happen. That kinda stuff is what I hope to accomplish. But lately, I've been working on my new record, which is really different. It's more electronic, and the theme in the music and lyrics match up seamlessly. I really wanted to make sure my music composition had a direct theme with the lyrics.
The show tonight is at Rebel Lounge and starts at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $14 and all ages are welcome. Click here for more information.