WOLF VAN ELFMAND – ” Heading To White Cloud “

Posted: March 1, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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If 2020 was a year for flexibility, then 2021 is the year where everyone will be showing off what they’ve been up to. Wolf van Elfmand has a head start — the author of the sweetly earnest tune “Flexible Cowboy Man” has his new album “All Blue”, to show for his quarantine pains. Van Elfmand is also from NYC, leaving cowboy yoga behind in Denver for whatever path awaits him here in the five boroughs. I talked the album up in last week’s podcast episode, but I wanted you all to get another listen to the bluesy “Way Down in Denver.”

While most of the album is comprised of sweet folksy blues, All Blue picks up when Van Elfmand is giving vent to a little spleen.

“This is the first full-length record that I wrote, produced and mixed. The conception of the album occurred when I started to learn how to sequence drum parts on my recording software. I was listening to artists like JJ Cale who frequently used drum machines and wanted to take a stab at it,” Van Elfmand . “At the onset of quarantine I had written a bunch of new songs in April. Without being able to play with other musicians, I wanted to find a project to give them life. This record is truly a product of 2020. While shacked up at a house in Northwest Michigan I spent the month of May recording the majority of the album. The bass parts and pedal steel were done remotely and the backing vocals were then added for a final touch. It’s a guitar-heavy album that lends itself more to a vibe than other lyric-centric stuff I’ve released.”

Indeed, the album is best experienced on a foggy day with a nice cup of tea: Van Elfmand’s hazy sadness truly captures those early days of spring 2020, and the solace we all continue to need.

Wolf van Elfmand writes songs and plays the guitar. His music explores genres within the Americana realm from finger-picking folk to alternative country to good ol’ fashioned rock & roll. As a solo artist and producer, Wolf’s albums contain different ensembles and players. With no touring in sight, Van Elfmand has plans to release some new music in 2021 so keep your eyes peeled and ears perked.

“All Blue” · Wolf Van Elfmand Released on: February 12th, 2021

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