Ernest Ellis returns with his first release in over five years ‘BE THE PARIAH’; an ode to, well, being a pariah, an outsider, a loner, a freak. There are no negative connotations in this title, rather it encapsulates everything Ellis feels is real and good:
“All the best stuff happens on the fringes, in the weird zones of life and the mind. The rest is not real, it’s coercion. I’ve tried to tap into that sense here, believing in it wholeheartedly as I do.”
New York based, Australian artist Ernest Ellis has been busy over the past five years. Since the release of his first three albums, ‘HUNTING’ (2010), ‘KINGS CANYON’ (2012), and ‘COLD DESIRE’ (2014), all of which received widespread critical acclaim in Australia on release, Ellis moved to NYC, earned a PhD and delved deeper into his creative work as a songwriter and director.
Spending over four years writing ‘BE THE PARIAH’ Ellis demonstrates that above and beyond all else, he is a storyteller. Whether that be his own or those of others, with some tracks told from the perspective of an eclectic group of outsiders and others from a deeply personal perspective, Ellis has a way of crafting words that are truly meaningful.
‘BE THE PARIAH’ was recorded over a span of a few years in NYC with co-producer Kelly Winrich and is out now.
BE THE PARIAH’ Tracklist
1. Be The Pariah
2. Time Takes No Toll
3. A Depressed Card Dealer
4. Straight To The Top
5. That Shit Summer We Spent In Berlin
6. Wild Dancer
7. Arlo, Be A Good Boy
8. Lothario Schluck Beast Lover
9. Pariah Reprise
Ernest Ellis Reviews
“A dark, atmospheric cut that features an almost stream-of-consciousness vocal running through, it evokes memories of post-punk icons such as Nick Cave or even Alan Vega ” Rolling Stone
“Ellis is a rare dude. In short, it’s a treat to see a high-level mind express itself so fully.” Convicts
“The highlight of the song comes two and a half minutes in, when the mechanical crunch drops away and a staticky piano waltzes in, as if a crossed radio signal beamed in from the 1930s and interrupted the broadcast. It lasts all of 15 seconds, but the effect is profound” The Guardian