By turns sophisticated and disarmingly artless, crafted and candid, As Eli shares in the heightened spirit of classical art song and complex South American pop on one hand, street music and confessional minimalism on the other. It is predominantly acoustic and understated, drawing inspiration from serious music, from multiple folk traditions, and from the revolutionary American female singer-songwriters of the ‘90s. But As Eli revels also in the luxuriant arrangements and sonics of international swank pop on such production showpieces as the ‘60s cover tune “Under My Umbrella” and the record’s thematic linchpin “All of Us (Is Gone Now).”
As Eli includes two Spanish language songs: Krell’s own “Horizonte” and “Canción de las Simples Cosas,” a song made famous by one of Krell’s personal heroes, the Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas. Recorded at the spacious Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, New York,As Eli features a small ensemble of players drawn from the Mid-Hudson Valley’s uncommonly deep A-list (including pop hitmaker Robbie Dupree in a vocal cameo). The vibe is naturalistic, spacious, and boutique: the players purring empathetically in the service of Krell’s stunning songs and performances.