David Ell announced himself with his debut album Wreckingball, a record full of dark, brooding and powerful pop songs....This was his first studio album, which he recorded and mixed at Cava Studios in Glasgow, an album reviewed as "epic", having a "big big sound", "lush and full" . The tracks touch on themes of loss of faith, love and identity and the following review tagline (Is this Music 2008) is apt: "For raw heart-on-the-sleeve pop, look no further"... ..While the tracks on his debut feature work equally well as pared down acoustic versions, there is no doubt the finished sound of this album is a big big band sound richly crafted with layer upon layer of guitar and keyboard parts driving the strong melodies at the heart of this album. David Ell is a multi-instrumentalist, he does everything on the album. It's an eclectic sound, mixing the best traditions of classic British and American pop-rock but with more than a hint of European electronica.
David's second studio album entitled Dance of the Furies represents an arresting change of direction from the indie electronica rock sound of his debut feature. An entirely instrumental album with a distinctive theme and classical influences coming to the fore, it featured in NBT Music Radio's 100 top albums of 2012 alongside artists such as Sigur Ros, Richard Hawley and Bats for Lashes whilst one of the tracks Destiny Waits While The Twilight Fires Fade features as one of the top 100 tracks of the year. It's an arresting change of direction from the indie rock sound of his first album and the more folky vibe of David Ell in solo acoustic mode. Catch a couple of the pieces, Through the Flames and The Seeker on Soundcloud.
David is currently finalising his third studio album, as yet untitled, with early mix versions of four tracks, Flatline, Reach, Bleed and Bitter Wind all streaming on Soundcloud. David Sinclair, music critic, the Times describes Reach as "music of real character".