Elijah Wolf

Elijah Wolf

The house on Mountain Laurel Road was a sanctuary for Elijah Wolf. He grew up there, surrounded by the bucolic tranquility of the Catskills and enraptured with the bohemian charm of Woodstock. It was a place he returned to frequently, both in body and spirit, and in moments of darkness or doubt, all he had to do was close his eyes and picture the winding road, the colorful walls, the pastoral view, and the company of his family. Wolf got word that the house was to be sold as he was losing someone close to him, though, and the double-barreled blast of bad news marked the beginning of the most tumultuous year of his life, one which now forms the bedrock of his stunning debut album, ‘On the Mtn Laurel Rd.”

Recorded primarily in Wolf’s Brooklyn bedroom, ‘On the Mtn Laurel Rd’ is an arresting synthesis of past and present, traditional and experimental, country and city. Blending organic roots and driving alt-rock with shimmering electronic elements, each track represents a specific place or moment in Wolf’s life, with scenes rendered vividly through his richly detailed lyrical portraits and evocative vocal delivery. Sometimes achingly lonely and riddled with self-doubt, sometimes warmly hopeful and resolute, the songs reflect the dizzying series of highs and lows Wolf faced as he traced his own storyline back to its roots and prepared to say goodbye to the only life he’d ever known.

Yours Are the Only Ears

Susannah Cutler is a songwriter and producer born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan and Upstate New York. With a blues guitarist for a father and a country singer for a mother, she was introduced at birth to the profession of music. Cutler’s childhood memories include singing on stage with her mother, dancing with tall cowboys who ate fire at the gigs, and awaiting her father’s return from tour. Her first favorite album was a Muddy Waters cassette that her father would play for her in the car. Consequently, the first song she ever wrote was a blues number called, “To Get Me A Dog.”

As a rebellious teenager refusing guitar lessons from her father, Cutler taught herself all of her favorite songs on guitar. In high school, she suffered from an onset of clinical depression and anxiety. Feeling isolated in her own mind, songwriting offered relief and became a necessary emotional outlet for the musical storytelling that seemed innate from her earliest days.

In 2014, she gave her private universe a public name and began playing shows in Brooklyn as Yours Are the Only Ears. Naming the project created space for Cutler’s collection of deeply personal and surreal poetry to flourish and take new shape. Around the same time, she decided to continue her visual art education at FIT. Her first semester back landed shortly after a traumatic breakup and social tumult that catalyzed a time of incubation, retreat and reflection. Forced to investigate ways in which she was and was not caring for herself, an emotional journey incurred. Although spread thin by school in a transformative time in her life, Cutler taught herself how to record out of a desire for autonomy and decided it was time to make her record. Now, on the cusp of graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design, “Knock Hard” is a triumphant testament to self love and perseverance when it feels as though the world has turned upside down.

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