“Pappas’ talent is so far-reaching it's nothing short of staggering. The writing and instrumentation are always expertly done and the singing makes most contemporary artists look like amateurs.” - Peter Jesperson (Twin-Tone founder)
Elle Belle is the alter-ego of award winning composer/songwriter Christopher Pappas. His debut album WAKO GUMBO, a sprawling 20 song double LP, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim followed by his sophomore album No Signal that received 4 stars from All Music who called him “a swaggering experimental pop maverick with a penchant for spacy electro-organic psychedelia and an overflowing bag of big ideas.”
His latest release, Post Everything, is out 11.13.20
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POST EVERYTHING Nov 13, 2020
Post Everything is about reckonings. The emotional fatigue of the last few years had filled my heart with a deep misanthropic nihilism. Through personal, political, and cultural grieving, these songs rake through the ashes of an era and ask - where do we go from here? Post Everything is a journey through this nihilistic wasteland, and that if we dig deep enough, we can still find droplets of hope.
Breaking up is hard to do - especially when it’s with an entire country. This is where No Signal, the second official release from psych/synth project Elle Belle, begins. Helmed by Los Angeles based composer Christopher Pappas (aka Elle) the nine song album works through the stages of a breakup - the heartbreak, betrayal, bargaining, and the unanswered questions. However, this isn’t your typical album break up record - this is about politics. Pappas isn’t breaking up with a partner. No Signal is an album about breaking up with America.
WAKO GUMBO is the debut release from Los Angeles artist Elle Belle. Spanning many genres it reflects on life in L.A. stuck in the malaise of growing older and feeling more disconnected from your peers, culture, and yourself. It’s a record about fighting off the anxiety of this alienation through nihilism, drinking, and partying and then dealing with the inevitable metaphysical hangover that comes after. Raw, lonely, and visceral WAKO GUMBO is a time capsule for a lost generation in transit dealing with the strange landscape of emptiness in modern times.