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LUH: Ellery Roberts (left) and Ebony Hoorn.

I&I is the opening to the work we spent the past 18 months developing. The visual was directed by Ebony Hoorn & Florian Joahn.
I&I speaks of impulse & limitation, the thoughts that pass thru the morning air, the embers of a dreams left unspoken then forgotten. The visual finds  portraying the taunts of duality, invocation of the rising sun to find the courage to act. What a strange old musical journey Ellery Roberts has had. The centre point of a million blogs about his old band Wu Lyf a few years back, he went from being someone with a few great songs to The Next Big Thing within the proverbial five minutes.

Wu Lyf split messily in 2012, with a statement from Roberts claiming, “The sincerity of [debut album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain] was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live”. As parting words go, even that felt like a brilliantly orchestrated manoeuvre that only added to the cult appeal the band had fostered

Within a year he’d put out new solo track, Kerou’s Lament’, but the music was literally all we got. No interviews, no record deals, not even much in the way of social media. And then he disappeared again. Various rumours about Ellery over the past few years – of rehearsals with members of the best of Manchester’s music scene, of obsessions with dubstep, of a return to university, and moves to Japan and Amsterdam.

Today the story becomes a little clearer. Ellery and his partner Ebony Hoorn played their first live dates as LUH (aka Lost Under Heaven), as well as their signing to Mute Records and a slow-building, piano-led track called ‘I&I’ which was produced by the Haxan Cloak and recorded on the island of Osea last May. It’s dynamic and euphoric, with Hoorn and Roberts’ distinctive vocals intertwined throughout.


Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing – Prologue featuring demos, alternative versions and rare tracks. LUH (which stands for Lost Under Heaven) is Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn. Over the past two years, they have been releasing music, art, photography, film and manifestos into the world, including 2014’s Unites video and the expansive Lost Under Heaven music and artwork package at the end of last year. Ellery’s name might be familiar as the frontman of WU LYF, whose raw and primal voice helped create a sound that shaped a new model for the untamed fury of youth. Ebony is an audio-visual artist based in Amsterdam, where the pair now live, and co-directed the new video with Florian Joahn. Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing is the pair’s debut album and was produced by The Haxan Cloak (known for his own genre-bending experimental compositions in 2015 on the remote island of Osea.

Following the flame-out of his beloved, volatile band WU LYF, Ellery James Roberts teams with girlfriend Ebony Hoorn on his debut album produced by the Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic). Somehow the best elements of both Roberts’ and Krlic’s previous work find their way to the surface.

It’s possible to hear the album as a convoluted display of too many ideas, but the forward-thinking of presenting rock vocals and song structures with influences that draw on contemporary hip-hop, EDM, and pop makes LUH one of the most important releases of the year. It’s a record that lyrically and sonically reflects our times, entering a dialogue across genres.