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"The Night" is the latest single from Elbows' forthcoming debut 'Tales From The Old Mill,' a nocturnal, psychedelic disco song about the loneliness that becomes glaringly apparent when the day fades away.
"I had been out all day, distracted, doing fine," Elbows says of the song, "but as I walked home one October evening, this refrain came to me — 'yeah when the night comes, I wish you were here.' It’s always lucky when a chorus arrives naturally, fully-formed. I repeated that refrain the whole walk back, beneath a neon cross, passed this permanently-fogged window full of creepy dolls, and when I got home the rest of the song came out in its entirety – keyboard riff, verses, song structure, even the guitar solo. As we started performing the song live, with my longtime collaborator producer/bassist Jachary on bass, it grew into this disco-inspired groove."
"An autumn earlier I had made a screen print, also called “The Night,” that became the inspiration for some of the imagery in the verses. That piece depicted a person with two faces walking through the glow of a streetlight, which later influenced the lines 'two faces butting heads' and 'two bugs buzzing round the golden street light.' The cover artwork for the single 'The Night' is a new version of that piece, updated to incorporate more of the ‘Tales’ iconography, such as the cat eyes leering through the night, glaring in place of stars."
'Tales From The Old Mill' is due out October 27 on EveryDejaVu Records.
released September 22, 2021
Written and produced by Elbows
Mixed, engineered, and co-produced by Alex Pyle
Additional engineering by Joe Paulino
Alex Pyle – bass (chorus), synth bass
DanMichael Reyes – synth
Danny Lentz – violin
Dillon Treacy – drums
Elbows – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drum programming, percussion, vocals
Gray Hall – additional electric guitar, additional synth
Jachary – bass (main)
Jordy Carrington – rhodes, synth