January 25

Wintry Mix

An ambient/drone piece from my newly released album Float (pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp). I'm breaking a habit of expressing anxiety and foreboding through my music, and aiming to spread some tranquility and wonder instead. [more inside]


January 20

Best Booty on the Farm

Recently met a dog with a mighty fine behind. [more inside]


January 16

rezdnts

This song is a short instrumental. [more inside]


January 14

The Bridges of Amsterdam (Original Soundtrack)

Song I wrote for a montage of travel footage. [more inside]


Jacob's Well

A re-recording of this song for an album that I swear is coming out soon (for the four people out there vaguely aware of it). Features acoustic guitar, harmonies from talented friends Ings and Jon David Russell, an instrument like a marimba that I forget the name of, and a flute solo (!) at the end. [more inside]


January 4

Stamps

Short, sweet, sappy love song. [more inside]


December 31

And the Sunlight Among the Trees

A short (1:27) original piece of me on solo piano. It's a reworking / different arrangement of a previous tune I posted, which was piano & guitar. This is a slightly different take on rhythm and melody -- more of a contemplative feeling, and still reflective and reassuring (I hope). Happy new year, MetaFilter! [more inside]


December 30

08 - ghostland - vampire deer

last song of the album and thanks for comments and listening [more inside]


December 29

SKA/BAND - Caledonia Mission

The first track I've finished in a project of doing ska covers of The Band songs [more inside]


December 28

07 - banned from paradise - vampire deer

well, some people would dream of this [more inside]


December 27

06 - trouble in my pocket - vampire deer

sometimes people just aren't having it [more inside]


December 24

05 - berlin wall - vampire deer

one generation wants a wall torn down, another wants one built [more inside]


The Best Part of Christmas is You

This year I wrote a Christmas song that I'm rather fond of for my wife, who I'm also rather fond of. [more inside]


December 21

04 - freedom to serve - vampire deer

also known as "you have a CHOICE" [more inside]


December 20

This Woman's Work (Kate Bush cover)

Very late to the game on this, but here's a cheeky contribution to the Kate Bush challenge :D


I have toppled all the towers (You have trampled all the flowers)

A little ditty about a son confronting his father the king. [more inside]


December 19

03 - factory song - vampire deer

in which i reveal the secret of modern american life [more inside]


December 17

02 - lakeview square - vampire deer

just another day at the mall ... [more inside]


December 14

Officer? I'm In A Band!

A jaunty (for us) Carbon 7 number from last August. I was making notes on my phone of little snippets of conversation to use as song titles. No clue how we got there, but it seemed hilarious at the time. Utterly improvisational. [more inside]


December 13

01 - magicland - vampire deer

first song of lakeview square, my new album about the rise and fall of a shopping mall [more inside]


The Bridges of Amsterdam (Original Soundtrack)

Soundtrack I wrote and recorded for a video montage of footage in Amsterdam.


November 29

Fire Over The Deep

I've posted a few old Hurlo Thrumbo songs here before -- this is an unfinished project from mere weeks before we broke up. Rough mix, rescued from 24 track 2-inch tape, scratch vox. [more inside]


November 17

Unconditional Loop

If humans have unconditional love and computers have conditional loops, what is robot love? [more inside]


November 15

The Last Baseball Game - Part II

Part I of The Last Baseball Game is meant to be the song they play before the game, as an intro. This is meant to be the post-game epilogue 'final farewell' kinda number. I meant to do a fadeout at the end, but I forgot, so the track just sort of plays out. I figured I might as well just leave it like that.


November 11

Stones/Water/Time/Breath

My partner and I performed Dean Rosenthal’s Stones/Water/Time/Breath yesterday at the The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. [more inside]


November 9

Magic Show

An upbeat instrumental piece. [more inside]


November 7

nest

I just wanna nest; I cannot find a nest now [more inside]


November 1

Skeleton Dance

A day late for Halloween, barely in time for Día de Muertos. A composition for classic fingerstyle banjo and piano by Norton Greenop, circa 1900.


October 26

Divisions

Also electronics + piano. A bit more pianistic and melodic; more "pretty" than "driven."


October 25

Invocation

Electronics + Piano. Lots of harmonic and rhythmic drive.


October 20

A New Flame

What a difference (or not) six years makes. 'A New Flame' is, well, a new version of our earlier song, simply entitled 'Flame'. [more inside]


October 14

chords 'n gourds

An autumnal fingerpickin' instrumental.


Reconstruction (Nothing but the Rain)

This is a "reconstruction" of my most popular song, "Nothing but the Rain," that came out last fall. Formerly a more mellow folksy song, the vocals are different and there is more energetic instrumentation. Can be found in all the usual digital places (Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, etc.) under my name "MK Ellison." Enjoy!


September 30

It Don't Matter Who's First In Line

My golly, it's been years since I posted here! Shame on me. I miss the MeMu community. I recently released an album of kids' music, and thought I'd share a tune here. It's a classroom song about that age-old problem: cutting in line. [more inside]


Down a Hole

Little bit o' indie, little bit o' sadboy, whole lotta pitchy singing. There's a swear in there, so watch out! [more inside]


September 28

Manhattan Skyline

Some recent discussion on MeFi about the band a-ha reminded me that I'd recorded this acoustic cover of one of their songs a long time ago. This is actually based on an arrangement by Kings of Convenience, who made some interesting changes to the original song structure. Me on vocals and guitars (nylon-string and steel-string). [more inside]


September 27

The Last Baseball Game

One day in the future, there might be no baseball. For environmental reasons or whatever. Anyways, this is the opening theme song for the Last Baseball Game


Time

It's been a while but I'm back with an evolving sound (and a changing voice). My new "official" single, "Time," is a midtempo, mysterious, moody alternative rock song with rich vocals. [more inside]


September 8

In the Key of Escape

A soundtrack-y, texture-y work-in-progress experiment with generative features in Reason.


September 4

Both Hands - cover (Ani DiFranco)

Acoustic guitar and voice. Pretty straight as far as my memory of the proper song goes. [more inside]


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