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Bronwen Exter’s début album “Elevator Ride” (2006) garnered comparisons to Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies, among others. Performing Songwriter wrote, “OK, picture this: Lou Reed and Astrud Gilberto have a baby. She’s raised by the band Mazzy Star until the age of 16, when she falls in love with James Bond and runs away to Argentina.” At once visceral and sophisticated, fresh and retro, “Elevator Ride,” was named for a suicidal lyric that evokes the moments before a socialite’s tumble from the top of a skyscraper.
To record “Elevator Ride,” Exter drew together two producers: the brooding, prolific Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode of NYC cult underground band Spottiswoode and His Enemies, and Kenny Siegal, ringleader of rock and roll band Johnny Society. At Siegal’s haunted organ museum in Catskill, NY that houses Old Soul Studios (where he has also recorded Beirut, Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur and Chris Whitley), with Brian Geltner on drums and engineer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones), the record they made on vintage analog gear brought together the trademark rawness and punchiness of Siegal, the noir cinema of Spottiswoode’s songwriting, and the breathy vulnerability of Exter’s singing.
Tracks from “Elevator Ride” have been featured on primetime television (Six Degrees, The Secret Circle) and in the Dreamworks/ Paramount Pictures 2010 release “She’s Out Of Your League.”