Demerara EP

by Jenna Ellefson

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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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Track Name: You and Me
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
Track Name: Little Bird
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
Track Name: Sonora
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