#72: ELLIOTT - “in transit”
this definitely is one of the most listened to records in my whole collection. already FALLING FORWARD was one of my favourite bands ever and ELLIOTT became it too.
some years ago it was an honor for me to interview singer chris hidgon in munich at the kafe kult for the magazine the gap. it became one of the most interesting interviews i ever did. after some time it became more like a chat. which is pretty good actually if you have to write an article. if you just type and publish the interview, it can get pretty boring.
this evening in munich was pretty important im my life acutally. i met several people that became relevant later on in my life (almi, julia, vanessa, irena). there are certain occasions in life, that change a lot. so ELLIOTT somehow was the soundtrack for that.
but back to the “in transit”-7”. this was the first ELLIOTT-release (recorded in late 1996). “watermark high” was on the upcoming “us songs”-album as well and is a fucking great song. you still have to think of FALLING FORWARD a bit. it’s definitely rougher than the later ELLIOTT-stuff. the b-side (“halfway pretty”) is more calm and sounds a little bit like 90ies-emo-rock at this time.
beside the music the cover is fantastic too. there’s a black cardboard with some holes in it. the front shows the band-name and one of the scenery-pictures on the inner-sleeve. there are 24 pictures inside. chris hidgon said that those pictures belonged to his dad, who was a teacher or something like that (i forgot it, like so much else). on the backside there are two holes - one for the logo of the label (initial records) and one for a very blurry and tiny picture of the band.
one of the best covers and records in my whole collection. i really love that one…