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Demerara (EP)

by Jenna Ellefson

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1.
You and Me 03:50
If I called on you would you answer would you even want to see me standing there on your front step would the sunshine dance on your face would you smile at the space we'd keep in between you and me Chorus: How many ways can I bend til I break and how many ways can I break in two Oh I didn't know That I had what it takes to break you oh it took some time but the sky fell in and all at once you were mine like I couldn't believe you and me there we were unfolding like petals and floating away in the wind dandelion seeds you and me Chorus: How many ways can I bend til I break and how many ways can I break in two Oh I didnt know That I had what it takes to break you oh it took some time but the sky fell in and we couldnt tell anymore what could be you and me you and me
2.
Little Bird 02:39
You don't have to say it I know You're chasing the sun to the other coast Don't worry lover, I know I came to your house before you left holding all these words against my chest But I left them unsaid On your front steps I climbed above the surface streets And watched the plains leaving I won't forget what you looked like Against the sky Leaving town I told you goodbye I said your name Then drove back across town watching daylight fade But my heart was beating A little bird singing In a cage
3.
Sonora 03:52
Untie your hair sweet baby don't you worry your pretty head I know they said there's no tomorrow but we've go tonight instead They've got a band together Let's go down and dance Shake baby, shake Oh you know we're the lucky ones Shake, shake, shake Let enough Be enough Black dress shoes and my father's tie You in your party dress We'll drink too much and spin so fast Throw your head back and laugh Don't you worry baby I won't let go of your hand Shake baby, shake Oh you know we're the lucky ones Shake, shake, shake Let enough Be enough Lets go out My arm around you Where it's just you and me And watch the sun burning up behind the joshua trees If it's the last time I had all I need Shake baby, shake Oh you know we're the lucky ones Shake, shake, shake, shake Let enough Be enough Let enough Be enough

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Demerara, by definition is sugar, raw and unrefined. Yet, Jenna Ellefson's third studio release of that title has more to offer than just sweetness. We still have her signature tender lyrics, and unfiltered woman-child vocals, but there is a quiet maturity here both personally and musically. Her earnest narratives are this time told with a bit more confidence and a hint the wisdom of an woman who has weathered hurts and come out stronger. A willingness to trust engineer and producer Peter Rodocker and longtime band members such as Amanda Breese is evident as the core attributes of Jenna's particular brand of folk are distilled in rich and supportive instrumentation and on-point production.

Demerara has nothing to prove and everything to give. The opening track "You and Me" is a look outside the end of a love affair. "Little Bird" sits in the middle, a naked, stark song of longing for a thing just out of reach. The EP's closer is certainly the upbeat Sonora, a hopeful and satisfied answer to the question "What if you knew the world was going to end in the morning?" The answer found in the song itself and in the constant undercurrent of Jenna's writing: love, hope found in the beauty of the natural world, and an unapologetic joyfulness.

In just three tracks, honest stories are told with seductive simplicity. Not too much, not too little, Demerara is sweet and raw as described, but the subtle growth of Jenna as an artist adds a refreshing refinement.

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released February 2, 2017

Produced by Peter Rodocker & Jenna Ellefson
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Peter Rodocker (YellowRoomRecording.com)

All songs written by Jenna Ellefson

Jenna Ellefson Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar
Peter Rodocker Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, and Glockenspiel
Amanda Breese Guitar
Arcellus Sykes Bass
Anders Bergstrom Drums
Ravi Gadad Keys
Dylan Rieck Cello

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Jenna Ellefson Portland, Oregon

Jenna grew up in lush Oregon, beside waterfalls, amid tall trees and foxgloves. One flowery spring, on a whim, she bought a little banjo...and suddenly all the poems she had been scribbling, and all the melodies she had been humming, and all the beautiful places she had seen spilled out over its little plucky strings and finally...she had songs to sing. ... more

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