Elora Danan
In The Room Up There


4.0
excellent

Review

by 00mee USER (21 Reviews)
November 12th, 2010 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A creative venture from a relatively unknown 6 piece from Australia.

Elora Danan are a 6 piece band from Perth, Australia.

Although ‘In The Room Up There’ is Elora Danan’s first and last release, it is one that marks a sure statement of the bands endless potential, which largely now remains unfulfilled. With this release Elora Danan manage to establish their unique brand of alternative rock/ Post Hardcore hinted at on their EP ‘We All Have Secrets...’.

Firstly, Elora Danan's main selling point is the eccentric yet ambient leads of guitars evident in all their songs. The guitars seem to float endlessly, and the guitarists seem to know how to match a variety of effects with a sense of restraint and rhythm. Each guitarist also knows how to play their own leads whilst still conforming to the overall sound of each song, which is great to listen to.

‘In the Room up There’ manages to explore topics such as faith and religion with maturity and focus. Greens lyrics verge between being accessible and being cryptic, with seemingly ‘Lost’ references thrown in. Die-hard ‘Lost’ fans would recognise song titles such as ‘live together, die alone’ and the opener and closer two punch ‘Man of science’, ‘Man of faith’ as references to their favourite show. Green also explores ideas of religion vs. reality through lines like ‘They will find us staring down, the walls in which we find ourselves’ and ‘If belief is all we stand for, then reason’s out the door’. On ‘Ten Bucks Says It’s a Metaphor’ For a single moment the band drops out of the drowning ambience where vocalist George Green wails ‘don’t believe in what you read, believe what you see’ and the band comes crashing back in, which is another highlight of the album. On this record, Green proves himself a thought-provoking and interesting lyricist.

That being said Green also has a fair set of pipes – whilst not boasting a massive range, his voice sounds rounded and powerful, commanding other instruments to fall in suit. Take for example the song Sinking always Sinking, where towards the end of the song Green exclaims ‘could you sacrifice yourself, to save the ones you loooooovveee!’ which is one of the best parts of the album.

This record is also extremely balanced. Although having three guitarists in a band gives you the impression there will be a massive wall of guitar noise, Elora Danan avoid this by emphasising the bass and vocal tracks. The bass is extremely interesting; stuttering and spluttering through each track, adding a nice bottom end to their sound. Drumming is also particularly creative on this record, opting for simplistic hi-hat/snare combinations that complement the music nicely and allow breathable structures for the guitars to go over.

Unfortunately, after the release of this record, Elora Danan decidedly called it quits and went their separate ways. However, ‘In the room up there’ will stand as a remarkable achievement for a band who had only just began to gain recognition and popularity, and who were fairly new to the industry.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
00mee
November 12th 2010


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I know its been ages since this has been released, but seeing as nobody had already reviewed i thought id honour these guys with a review.



This is my first review, feedback welcome.

Vooligan
November 12th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band. They're really good.



Motion Without Meaning is amazing. Good review.

00mee
November 12th 2010


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks man, check out their new projects



Sleepwalker - http://www.myspace.com/sleepwalkeronline



Arms Like Branches - http://www.myspace.com/armslikebranches

Transient
November 12th 2010


1461 Comments


actually surprised i haven't seen these guys live yet considering the number of support nods they get, must just be unlucky or something

i've heard they're pretty average though, not sure if it's true or not

00mee
November 13th 2010


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

there ok live, but i never heard this release live, just the ep.

liledman
November 13th 2010


3828 Comments


i think i remember seeing these guys once upon a time, maybe with the getaway plan or something.

bassburton
March 17th 2012


6 Comments


Amazing album. Great review, too. It got me to listen to it; I was not disappointed in the very least. The atmosphere is amazing.

"Don't believe in what you read/ Believe in what you see."

00mee
March 18th 2012


254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks man. Glad I got someone to listen to this! I always return to this when I cant think of what to listen to. Hopefully the get together for a gig sometime.

Mad.
November 10th 2013


4797 Comments


Man of Science + Man of Faith are very impressive

Ecnalzen
January 24th 2014


8814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is pretty sweet.

Mad.
January 25th 2014


4797 Comments


It's surprising how underrated this is, Sputnik digs this kinda stuff

Kalopsia
February 16th 2014


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the rating spread looks like it's giving the middle finger. kinda like what i do to people who don't like Elora Danan

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2014


43265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D :-)

Digging: Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - Unlocked

Ecnalzen
February 16th 2014


8814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aw, shit, I need to jam this more!

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2014


43265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dang right you do m8

Ecnalzen
February 16th 2014


8814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gonna go jam this (among others) while I do some dishes.



Oh. Yes.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2014


43265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You badass you

Ecnalzen
February 16th 2014


8814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well...





...yeah.

Ecnalzen
February 16th 2014


8814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this. I really like this.



It's a possible 4.5, but def at least a 4.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2014


43265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome man. I just love the lyrics and vocals so much mmmmm

There's one passage in Down, Up, Elevator that's just fantastic

"Confusion has started an all out war

It's something that we are used to

Creation is taken for granted more

Often than we are used to"



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