Elvis Depressedly Settle in Asheville, Release "New Alhambra" on Run For Cover
The past year has been one of transition, completion and settling in for recent Asheville transplants Elvis Depressedly, who relocated from Columbia South Carolina. With their lives somewhat unsettled, singer Mathew Lee Cothran and Delaney Mills recorded their album “New Alhambra” over a period of time, resulting in a recording of different perspectives and collaborations with numerous musicians. It wasn’t until after the recording was completed that the group made the connection with Run For Cover records, their new label. It’s Cothran’s seventh release under the name Elvis Depressedly, and his second working with Mills. Working with a limited budget, the group recorded the album with a single microphone and old sound equipment. The results are a warm, lo-fi quality with Mike “Dr. Vink” Roberts playing an essential role on bass that enriches the rockier resonation in comparison to previous releases.
In many ways, new alhambra is an auditory homage to what has shaped Cothran’s life. Its title, as any hardcore pro-wrestling fan will recognize, credits the Philadelphia arena that birthed its most legendary and extreme version of it, and the use of samples from wrestling shows and late night televangelists serve as a reference to his upbringing. Cothran and Delaney were constantly on the move during the recording process thanks to their new found career freedom, but none of it takes away from new alhambra fully texturized shift toward brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by Cothran’s favorite un-sung heroes such as Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X.
“New Alhambra’s” first single, “Bruises (Amethyst).” “is about how we move through life and things that once either made us feel a lot of pain or a lot of joy kind of dull out and seem further away as we get older: being aware of how we’re decaying but not really being too defeated by it, just acknowledging that life is kind of a journey from one bright place to the next, in between long stretches of uncertainty,” Cothran told Stereogum.
Elvis Depressedly may have made their base in Asheville, but odds are they won’t be home much for now. Their tour for “New Alhambra” will take them around the USA through the summer and beyond.