“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)
The brilliance of the songs on Elle Belle’s “No Signal” is that each one is evocative of a multitude of 80’s and 90’s artists from Prince to Bruce Springsteen without ever succumbing to nostalgia in any way shape or form. Rather, by creating a breakup album about the disintegration of his relationship with America and its politics, songwriter Christopher Pappas has done something entirely new. Elle Belle has given us a collection of American anthems as beautiful as anything on “Thunder Road,” but with melodies and lyrics that are completely fresh and exciting. No Signal is a vibrant and evocative portrait of a bleak American landscape by one of today's best undiscovered composers.
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.