Elle Belle, Tad Moore

Elle Belle

Tad Moore

Thu, June 21, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Elle Belle
Elle Belle
Breaking up is hard to do - especially when it’s with an entire country. This is where No Signal, the second official release from psych/synth project Elle Belle, begins. Helmed by Los Angeles based composer Christopher Pappas (aka Elle) the nine song album works through the stages of a breakup - the heartbreak, betrayal, bargaining, and the unanswered questions. However, this isn’t your typical album break up record - this is about politics. Pappas isn’t breaking up with a partner. No Signal is an album about breaking up with America.

“After the election I was pretty depressed” recalls Pappas. Like most sane people, the 2016 election left him shellshocked. He spent that winter in NH, where he grew up, going over what went wrong. “I started writing during that time and what came out felt like a break up song.” That first song, which later became the titular track “No Signal”, acts as the thesis for the record, and paints a dreary picture of two people growing apart: “You and I on hard times / all around a slow divide / and there’s no signal.”

Isolation. A great divide. No signal in, no signal out.

“I realized that it felt like I was writing a break up album. I was going through all the same stages of grief.” he says laughing, “Everything was a love song gone wrong so I kept following that feeling.” The result is an album with a story that at times can feel cinematic - even the cover art - an incredibly close-up photo of a man (not Pappas) with nothing but a static T.V. in the background pangs of loneliness and looks like a still from a movie. “I wouldn’t call it a concept record, as that idea has particular baggage, but the songs do share a singular vision and narrative.”

Pappas is used to telling grand stories with music. He’s made his career as a versatile and prolific composer: He has written music for NASA, composed an award winning musical slated to go off-broadway, and even assembled and conducted his own orchestra to play his original orchestral works. As the songwriter for his long running group The Everyday Visuals his writing has achieved a cult-like status among fellow musicians and fans. Twin-Tone founder Peter Jesperson, responsible for luminaries like The Replacements, Husker Du and The Suburbs says of Pappas: “His talent is so far-reaching it's nothing short of staggering. The writing and instrumentation are always expertly done and the singing makes most contemporary artists look like amateurs.”
Tad Moore
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107