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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Elysian Fields - Bleed Your Cedar (1996)

Update 03/04/2012: I've removed the share because this album has been released digitally by Radioactive and is available now from, 7digital and iTunes. Show your support by buying it today!

Elysian Fields are a New York City dream pop outfit. The two core members are singer Jennifer Charles and guitarist Oren Bloedow. Jennifer Charles' vocals lend a fragile and ethereal quality to their pensive and dark sound. Most music journalists compare them to Mazzy Star, but Elysian Fields are much more dynamic, musical, and are, frankly, a lot better. I became aware of this fascinating band when Jennifer Charles appeared for two duets with Tod A. on Firewater's 1996 debut Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood for the Fire.

Universal Music Group imprint Radioactive Records issued their first release, a self-titled EP, in early 1996, followed by their first full-length, Bleed Your Cedar, nine months later. Their second album was recorded by Steve Albini. Reportedly, the label wanted a more commercial follow up and, in the ensuing dispute, Elysian Fields refused to allow them to meddle with the recordings. Released from their contract at their request, the album remains unreleased to this day. Elysian Fields has gone on to release three more albums. Check out excellent fan site Black Acres for more info.

As a bonus, I've included their self-titled debut. The EP opens with "Star," which I've omitted because the track is also included on Bleed Your Cedar. There are some interesting guest appearances on this EP: Mark Ribot provides guitar and Chris Wood (of Medeski Martin and Wood fame) provides bass for "Diamonds All Day" and John Lurie provides harmonica for "Move Me." Check out the music videos for "Star" and "Jack in the Box":

Elysian Fields - Bleed Your Cedar (1996)
1. Lady in the Lake (3:53)
2. Jack in the Box (3:58)
3. Off or Out (3:25)
4. Fountains on Fire (7:00)
5. Star (3:42)
6. Anything You Like (5:11)
7. Sugarplum Arches (2:58)
8. Parachute (5:39)
9. Gracie Lyons (2:51)
10. Rolling (5:14)
11. Mermaid (4:21)
From Elysian Fields CD5 (1996):
12. Diamonds All Day (4:43)
13. Move Me (5:02)
14. Get Rich (4:51)


Anonymous said...

This looks as if it's quite lovely, but I seem unable to download from megaupload - is it by chance on rapidshare?

Thanks, and great blog!

Steve Engler said...

This is an exceptional album by a first rate act. ironically their newest album isn't even available in their home country (the good ol USA).
Each album incorporates just the right amount of light and darkness to be wholly satisfying. Long Live Elysian Fields!

X Esquire said...

Nice choice, I have always been a fan of these guys.

Anonymous said...

Taking this, as I have a song by them on my computer, 'Black Acres' which I <3.

Thank you so much for sharing. :]

Anonymous said...

would be nice if the download service worked.

Kevin Sartori said...

I just tried it and it works fine. Sounds like user error to me...

You might want to try again. Put the three letter code in, wait 45 seconds and then hit the "free download" button. Not really that hard.

Anonymous said...

I've been searching for that E.P. for awhile, so thank you!!! Great blog! :)

phelpster said...

Hey man, thanks for sharing this one. I've heard good things about them but I've never really checked them out.

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

Any chance of re-uploading again? Download link is not working.


Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked and it's still available. If Link-Protector is causing you problems, email me and I'll send you the direct link...

Anonymous said...

hey does anybody has a rapidshare link pls? i've been looking for it non stop....thx in advance

Anonymous said...

Give the guy a brake, It does work (:
Thanks man.

Anonymous said...

thx - for this "fall asleep" ^_^

Anonymous said...

adoring this! thanks

ivinha said...

oh maan.. she cause in person's a eargasm when somebody hear her songs.. i'm sure!!! incredible voice!!