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IT’S “PARTY TIME” FOR CARDIOID; NEW SINGLE OUT NOW ON MAJOR PLATFORMS
LOS ANGELES — Cardioid‘s latest single, “Party Time,” is a triumphant, timely first taste of the singer-songwriter’s Crystal Lattice Lullabies EP, out December 11. Both the single and EP follow the release of Cardioid’s acclaimed Fantasy Metal EP last month.
After the theatrical dark-wave atmospherics of Fantasy Metal, this new EP cuts to the quick with stripped-down, gorgeously evocative tracks written and recorded across the past half-decade. For Cardioid’s Lizzy Ellison, Fantasy Metal and Crystal Lattice Lullabies each represent one half of a larger picture, documenting her personal and artistic evolution in the five years elapsed between living in Portland as part of Radiation City to leaving that life behind for a period of radical reinvention in Los Angeles. As she prepares to return to Portland, these songs act as a personal journal and a victory lap.
“Party Time,” the lead single for Crystal Lattice Lullabies, perfectly encapsulates the wistful, acoustic vibe of this new EP. From its slinky opening bassline and hand-claps to Ellison’s hushed vocals and the song’s empowering message, the single represents Cardioid at the peak of her powers, resolving to take a stand for what she believes in, no matter how overwhelming the odds. “Our bodies are old, but we need to be bold,” she croons, a call to action delivered from a place of deep, considered serenity. “So we go where there is hope.”
“Although the title is fitting given the current political climate,” added Ellison, “‘Party Time’ relates more to the difficult choices we make, knowing that sometimes those choices change the course of our lives. It can hurt others along the way, but sometimes you just know what needs to be done.”
Crystal Lattice Lullabies is set for release December 11.
Cardioid’s current lineup includes Ellison, Bill Marsh (lead guitar), Erica Shafer (bass), and Sheldon Reed (drums), all united in realizing Ellison’s delicate yet forceful compositions to their fullest extent.
Praise for Cardioid
“Infectiously propulsive… Opener “False Starts” touts an immense chorus, delivered in swells and showcasing a vocal range and delivery not dissimilar to La Force’s Ariel Engle or Mitski’s distorted warble. The lyrics, often wide-eyed, hopeful and grotesque (“Make me marathon to the theater in your bones” … “Harvest me, my love”) wouldn’t feel foreign in a Hop Along song — but Ellison wears her neuroses on her songs’ sleeves, in ways that are distinctly her own. Between the crystal ball synths of “Word Up” and the theatrical chaos of “The Time After This,” Cardioid absolutely has our attention with one of the best EPs of the year so far.” — Double Negative
“Fantasy Metal shines chrome in the sun and rolls through my mind smooth like polished old silverware. It feels like modernized vintage, an album made of found footage from an alternate dimension of ethereal beauty distorted, ever so slightly, by a few seconds stored in copper wires. I’m amazed by it.” — Emo Trash
“Ellison allows the delicate power of her vocals to carry [“False Starts”] with soaring elegance until transitioning the track into a bonafide indie pop hit.” — OPB Music
“Excellent… Lizzy Ellison is back with a complex record, with sounds as varied as they are granite-solid: art-rock, indie, retrowave… Unified in ambition and talent. Rewarding.” — BeatToBe
The main creative project of Lizzy Ellison (previously of Portland’s Radiation City), Cardioid flits between genres and tones with the sly, dexterous abandon of an artist in full control. Evoking the distorted guitar ballads of Angel Olsen one minute and the funky, mercurial art-rock of St. Vincent the next, her music is tactile, industrial-strength dream-pop awash in fuzzed-out guitars and retrowave synths. Ellison terms it “fantasy metal,” silvery and elusive, resoundingly strong yet invitingly fluid. Cardioid’s first full-length, 2017’s “Parts Dept.,” was a nine-track exploration of loss and longing Ellison now looks back on like an old diary. Her new and upcoming music is something else – coiled, wry, rhapsodic, sensual. “I’d love to someday make a record that’s not autobiographical,” maintains Ellison. “But I just can’t.” The music, instead, serves as a mirror to the restless, virtuosic mind of a woman only now reaching the peak of her sonic powers. Visit cardioidmusic.com and follow Cardioid on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.