I’m really excited and not a little proud to announce that ‘Spirits rise’ the debut album by my musical alter ego Elijah Honey has just been released by Californian indie label Black Toast Records.
Here’s what the Black Toast press release says about it:
Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2013 -‐ Acclaimed recording artist Elijah Honey launches his latest album “Spirits Rise” through iTunes-‐-‐ his first release for independent indie label Black Toast Records.
As the saying goes, “a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” Nowadays, the buzz is loud and clear, and not even a lovin’ spoonful of Elijah Honey’s music will suffice-‐-‐ people can’t seem to get enough. His songs have already reached a mass audience in the US, appearing in a variety of commercials and hit TV shows that include Hawaii 5-0, Longmire, Necessary Roughness, Parenthood, Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, The Voice, and True Blood, to name a few.
The man behind the Honey is Paul Robert Cufflin, a songwriter based out of the Malaga province of southern Spain. A London native, Cufflin played guitar in various indie bands throughout the mid-‐90s, such as Shine (Sony) and Man Ray (Arc Records) before becoming an active member in the Malaga music scene, where he’s played with Indie Blues bands The Chillun’ and Bo Molasses over the past decade. On Bo Molasses’s “You’ve Put Your Voodoo On Me,” Cufflin wears the shoes as guitarist, producer and songwriter. Described as a “bouillabaisse of vibey, hypnotic, blues-‐based grooves handled with folk-‐inspired flair,” the record laid the stylistic groundwork for his brand of Lo-‐Fi Blues Rock.
The songs on Spirits Rise ooze with a thick, warm guitar tone that has made it a sweet complement to the Black Toast Records roster.
Kicking off with the forceful, guitar-‐driven number “Relapse City,” Cufflin cues us for a series of tales of longing, passion and struggle. While the record largely channels the indie-‐blues/garage rawness of the Black Keys, songs like “I Won’t Let You Down Again” and “She’s A Mover, She’s A Shaker” conjure the swagger of early Stones, as “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Bleed for you” evokes the “T-‐Rextacy” of Marc Bolan.
Most recently, Cufflin’s “Tonight You’re Mine” is featured in the new Spanish movie Afterparty (dir. Miguel Larraya) starring Luis Fernandez and a host of up-‐and-‐coming young Spanish stars.
Keep an eye out for upcoming Elijah Honey tour dates in the near future.
In the meantime, head to http://blacktoastmusic.com/albums/29 or https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spirits-‐rise/id719829925 and hear why Los Angeles music supervisors refer to him as the next Hanni El Khatib.