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Joel Chapen Hello is a vibrant, colorful, eclectic blend of rock and R&B with a layered and intricate production sensibility. Art has put together easily his strongest effort to date that shows his songwriting at its most meaningfully intense. He is as vulnerable as ever, served with a freshness and innovative flavor that takes the beguiling and introspective bent of his prior efforts to a whole new level. His composition chops have never felt as fresh, inventive, and full of life and energy. Art has always had a beautiful and lyrical melodic and chordal sensibility, and in some ways this album is more of a realization of the full potential of the incredible songwriting talent that Art has always possessed. This is Art “pulling out the stops” (that’s organ humor for Art) and really getting down to meticulous instrumentation and filigree on a microscopic level and shining in a way that we’ve never been privileged to see before. The song “Hello” is by far the strongest tune on this effort. The lyrical imagery feed right into the songs reverie that is almost intoxicated with the idea of human contact of any kind, almost as if Art has just escaped from solitary confinement. The strings and piano accompaniment in there many forms throughout this very structural and multifaceted song build and ebb in a masterful and elegant way that leads the listener and the artist through vista after meticulously crafted vista. This particular song seems to show the limitless creative energy of an artist in the very prime of his creative life. I could listen to this song over and over and not get sick of it. Another Highlight is “Her Name” which is a beautiful ballad accompanied by the brilliant San Francisco trumpetist Darren Johnston whose effortless gossamer tone shimmers above this elegiac and soulful tune. “Don’t Get Up” is a clever break-up song with a hook (or maybe a barb)or two embedded in its intricate structure: catchy, subtle, and sad. The pipe organ solo in the middle of “Even if” is surprising and unique and ushers in a brilliant series of seqways leading off into the mist. It’s wonderful hearing Art outdo himself on almost every front: songwriting, orchestration, lyrically, production-wise, and even Arts enviable vocal range is used with a deliberate focus we’ve not heard before... and by the albums liner notes this is only hello... "
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✓ Water
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✓ Art Elliot's Hello

One of only a handful of albums released on the Office of Defense label, Art Elliot’s Hello is the only album you will need for your bunker once the apocalypse goes down.


released October 8, 2018

Art Elliot / keyboards, vocals, guitar [6]
Matt Camgros / drums
Damon Waitkus / bass [2, 3, 5, 6, 7], vocals [3, 7]
Emily Packard / violin [2, 4, 6]
Caitlin Hurst / violin [2, 4, 6]
Lauren Elledge / viola [2, 4, 6]
Marcie Brown / cello [2, 4, 6]
Eli Wise / guitar [7]
Joe Quigley / bass [4]
Darren Johnston / trumpet [6]

Art Elliot

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All songs [c] 2018 Art Elliot / Ambient Reverb Tentacle

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A huge thanks to all who gave their time and talents to this project.
Love & Gratitude, Art


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Art Elliot Oakland, California

Art Elliot sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, bleak ice ages and depression-era folk art, among other topics.

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Track Name: Our Man
I just called to tell you
all the things that I did today
that I threw away
your ring to say
I no longer need you

sometimes I think I’m all alone
then you’re there standing by my side
when I turn around
you’re nowhere to be found
but in my memories

somewhere on a distant planet
where we feel the cold polar winds
and as we zoom on down
our man on the ground
he’s no longer needed
Track Name: Hello
I walk and walk until I can’t walk anymore
I take a seat where I sat the day before
and I think about the world going by
I sit and watch the planes carve the sky

I smoke these hours away and I just can’t find the time
to call you up to say that I’m not doing fine
and so I keep it to myself
you know I think I’m gonna need somebody’s help

all I need is a
hello, hello
from time to time
from someone

so I go on home and I try to concentrate
this peace and quiet is too easy to cultivate
and I’m buried under it now
and I’ve got to get out somehow

so my restless feet carry me out of the door
and down the path that I have traveled times before
and these strangers are passing me by
and they hang their heads low and never say hi


oh no, I think I’ve gone and done something wrong
cuz this world is making me feel like I don’t belong
I don’t want you to think that I’m depressed
no, I know I send mixed signals sometimes
here I go again

I wander aimlessly and these scenes are getting old
seems as if my life has been put on hold
and there has to be a change
these patterns have to rearrange

and so I take the phone and I dial up your name
I swallow pride and I empty all my shame
and when you pick up and say hey
I’ll smile and then I will say

Track Name: Insecure
I sent a text to you the other day
and waited hours just to hear what you would say
but there came no reply
you got me wondering why
would it take too much to type “hey there, hi”

maybe your phone has been turned off
maybe the ringer’s set too soft
you know I don’t mean to moan
you left me all alone
instead of you I’m holding my phone

and then I thought that maybe I should call
and just get to the bottom of it all
but I don’t want you to think
that I’m some kind of creep
who calls in the middle of the night when you’re asleep


was it something said or done, or I didn’t do?
was it when I asked you over, give me a clue
an emoticon, a Dear John,
just to let me know that you’re there
a single letter would make me feel much better
you probably know by now that I’m insecure...

I really thought that you were into me
you laughed at all my stupid jokes over tea
and so I glanced at my phone again
stupid fool! I forget to hit SEND….


would you like to go out next weekend
Track Name: Don't Get Up
nothing to do nothing to say should I just go away
you’re telling me this but your showing me that
I can see where your heart is at
I don’t wanna feel this way anymore
don’t get up I will show myself the door

I called you up just the other day when I got back from LA
you wanted to wait but I wanted to talk
and so I’m dragging down your walk
the tears were flowing but they were not meant for me
I was your crutch through the troubled times I see

I know you said you didn’t lie
that you meant what you told me
but how can I believe you
you tore my heart in two
when you told me that we were through
please up don’t get up I don’t want to bother you anymore

I wanted your love you just wanted my time to make up your mind
and so I took the bait and you strung me along
what you did was so damn wrong
I’m subtracting all these things I could have done
I’m left with the fact that you just weren’t the one

I see that you’re happy I see that you’re well you put me through hell
I’ll move on but I won’t be the same there’s only you I have to blame
a million pieces of my heart left on your floor
don’t get up I will show myself the door
Track Name: Even If
I spent my whole damn life saying “thank you and please”
until I saw that we’re dying by the same disease
then I got down on my knees and said that I need you
I said that I need you even if it ain’t true

I remember the lines being drawn at night
but there’s no one to blame cuz I found the light
let’s pretend I’ve nothing left to hide
and say that you need me,
say that you need me even if it ain’t true

they say that no man’s an island
but the water’s been rising
(and my feet are getting wet)

I slip around that sunken supermoon
should I go confess my sins or maybe it’s too soon
what a way to start a honeymoon
say that you would leave me
you say that you would leave me even if it ain’t true

did I fall or maybe it was just the sky
you can try to laugh away the pain but you’ll cry
when I said I never lied I said I didn’t love you
I said I didn’t love you even if it ain’t true
Track Name: Her Name
I’ve been on this road so long
and my search has carried on
how will I know
what is her name

though I’d thought I'd seen her face
in the ones I can’t erase
I’ve been wrong before
what is her name

it’s too easy to fall
for the ones that were wrong
until they call to say
they didn’t love you all along
what is her name

yet for now I walk alone
with one true fact left unknown
I know she’s out there
what is her name

is she far or is she near
will it take two days or fifty years
I need her now
what is her name
Track Name: Been There, Too
it’s gonna be alright
lay back and I will hold you tight tonight
the moon is out and all aglow
speak quietly and speak slow to me
I know you’re feeling sad and kinda blue
cuz I’ve been there, too

you wake up early day after day
just to earn a dollar to pay the rent
and all I hear about your work
Randy’s just being a jerk off
I know you hate each hour spent at your desk
cuz I’ve been there, too

you and I are just two sides of the same old coin
I might not have felt exactly how you’re feeling now
but I know that it hurts
cuz I’ve been there, too.

you’re worried that you don’t look right
freaking out about your non-existent cellulite ;)
these shoes don’t go with that
should I wear a coat, scarf or hat or maybe a paper bag
I know you think that they will judge who you are
cuz I’ve been there, too

now my fears are weighing me down
think that I’m coming down with death
the mourning dove is singing my song
she thinks there’s something terminally wrong with me
and you know that my anxiety
is getting hold of the best of me
I know you understand what I’m going through
cuz you’ve been there, too.

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