I come across a lot of bands, but when I saw a new follower on Twitter, it caught my interest immediately. The follow came from Eli Lev & the Fortunes Found. The profile note read “Neo-folk rockers from Washington, DC.”
That was for me a first. I don’t think I’ve ever written about any type of artist who hails from Washington, DC.
So I rode a few links to see what Eli Lev & the Fortunes Found are all about.
It didn’t take more than a few measures of “Go Down” to sell me on their talent.
For one thing, I love the bass. And this song abounds with it.
For another, long guitar riffs from the lead get on my nerves after awhile. This song excludes such self-indulgence. Lev’s voice, bluesy and folksy, carries the melody. Lyrics are secondary to the score, but I don’t mind that. It’s always one or the other, right?
The video for “Go Down” is masterfully done. The setting is the wilderness, and a body of water plays a major role—actually, that body of water is the main character, I think. Fits nicely with the river as a symbol of life and water as a cleansing element. I’d call the song and video “thinkative,” because it does indeed set your mind on a thinking journey.
Lev is earning his stripes performing at different venues, and conducting what he called “The Beltway Tour.” His bio details some key performances:
“Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building…”
When I hear music like this, I am reminded of the goldmine of talent spread across the US, and the raw creativity roaring in indie music as opposed to the cookie cutter stuff we hear so much of on the radio and TV, regardless of genre.
I’d say Eli Lev and his band are definitely a group to watch. I think big things will come their way.
And I critted myself for thinking in stereotypes. Just because our nation’s capital city is a cesspool politically doesn’t mean good art can’t be born among the populace. Ironically, DC remains one of my favorite places to visit. I was invited to read some of my poetry at the US Library of Congress, and I fell in love with the city.
The band’s new album All Roads East is out now, widely available on music sites on the Web.
Follow the band on Twitter: @EliLevMusic. More information can be found at the official Eli Lev website.
I’d love to see this band come to Florida. They’d go over very well here in a number of cities and venues.
(Kay B. Day/Feb. 21, 2018)