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At the juncture of electro-pop, indie-rock, and pure funkiness, the group creates music with swagger, mindfulness, and an irrefutable spark that can set any night on fire.
— Ones to watch

Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes is the sound life makes when it becomes ecstasy. It is the noise childhood makes when it surrenders to itself and becomes an ecstatic life. It is somehow simultaneously sweetness, energy, softness, and seduction. A strange alchemy that comes about in a town like Nashville — where they formed in 2010. It’s a place of internal Peter Pans. But there are a rare few who can be born from Nashville’s island of youth, insanity, and silliness only to survive and age into a continent of thirty-something honesty and humanity. DE+TGL is one of those rare few. Wise Lost Boys with a conscience, but still a thirsty, boyish spark. That is Daniel Ellsworth (lead vox, keys), Timon Lance (guitar), and Marshall Skinner (bass). A silky, organic monster made from the remnants of pop swagger, sunglasses, self-aware grown-up realism, road trips, anxiety, and just plain, pounding fun.
 
Their first full-length album, 2011’s Civilized Man, was recorded and co-produced with Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews). Here they showed the beginnings of that stylized magic, combining intricate rhythms and challenging melodies yet never straying from pop pleasantness. Civilized Man went on to be listed in the top 100 albums of 2011 by Amazon. The single "Shoe Fits" debuted at number seven on Amazon’s top 100 songs of 2011. DE+TGL was named one of the 15 Bands to Watch by Esquire Magazine in 2014. In March of that year their sophomore album, Kid Tiger, was recorded at Sputnik Sound by Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs). Bemidji, a companion EP also recorded by Vance Powell, was released in March 2016.

Amidst some band changes, life changes and a bit of chaos - their critically acclaimed album, Fashion, released August 24th, 2018. It was released in three parts – Chapter One in winter 2018, Chapter Two in spring 2018, and the full album followed — reflecting the process by which is was crafted. It was recorded over the course of a year at Elephant Lady Studios in Nashville, Tennessee – engineered, co-produced, and mixed by indie-pop-mastermind-and-wizard-like Kyle Andrews. DE+TGL was already no stranger to building big sounds, but this album took that tendency even further. The scope, the sweep, and the height of the sonic space they could reach being stretched more and more – as if it were a scientific experiment in how captivating, euphoric, and pounding pop can be.

Cut to 2019 - a new chapter. With the band now splitting time between Nashville, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio - DE+TGL are taking things into their own hands. Between new sounds and new cities, this year will see the release of a handful of brand new self-produced singles - starting with the pounding “Way You Are” (ft. Ruby Amanfu) - out July 12th via Color Party Records. “We’re figuring out what this era of the band is” says lead singer Daniel Ellsworth. “With three of us now, we’re shifting how we write, how we record, and feeling more free than we ever have to experiment with what those processes look like. It’s a new beginning of sorts, but it’s also just the next chapter in the ever-changing landscape of this band. We hope you’ll come along for the ride.”

 


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RECENT NEWS


1883 Magazine Premieres “Step Away” Track + Music Video   The new single and music video “Step Away” premiered exclusively on  1883 Magazine . DE+TGL are “…ready to explore sadness, optimism, and the heaviness life can bring in their latest release…”  Watch the video and read more here .

1883 Magazine Premieres “Step Away” Track + Music Video

The new single and music video “Step Away” premiered exclusively on 1883 Magazine. DE+TGL are “…ready to explore sadness, optimism, and the heaviness life can bring in their latest release…” Watch the video and read more here.

KUTX Premieres “Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)”   The new single “Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)” is the Song Of The Day on KUTX and they have premiered the official music video. KUTX says DE+TGL are “synth-driven indie rock, electro-pop and funk topped off with a boyish charm that hasn’t let up since their formation in 2010.” Get the free download and watch the video  HERE .

KUTX Premieres “Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)”

The new single “Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)” is the Song Of The Day on KUTX and they have premiered the official music video. KUTX says DE+TGL are “synth-driven indie rock, electro-pop and funk topped off with a boyish charm that hasn’t let up since their formation in 2010.” Get the free download and watch the video HERE.

Earmilk Premieres "Modern Lover" Music Video   The music video for "Modern Lover" premiered exclusively over on  Earmilk . Of the video they said: "Modern Lover is filled with rich imagery that evokes what it means to love in 2018."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

Earmilk Premieres "Modern Lover" Music Video

The music video for "Modern Lover" premiered exclusively over on Earmilk. Of the video they said: "Modern Lover is filled with rich imagery that evokes what it means to love in 2018." Watch the video and read the whole article here.

Parade Magazine Premieres "Wonder Woman" Music Video   The music video for "Wonder Woman" is premiering exclusively over on  Parade Magazine . "The song itself celebrates the strength and resilience of women through its permeating groove and catchy melodic hooks."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

Parade Magazine Premieres "Wonder Woman" Music Video

The music video for "Wonder Woman" is premiering exclusively over on Parade Magazine. "The song itself celebrates the strength and resilience of women through its permeating groove and catchy melodic hooks." Watch the video and read the whole article here.

"Chapter Two" EP Premiering On Ones To Watch   Our "Chapter Two" EP premiered exclusively on Live Nation's  Ones To Watch .  " At the juncture of electro-pop, indie-rock, and pure funkiness, the group creates music with swagger, mindfulness, and an irrefutable spark that can set any night on fire."  Read the whole article and listen to the EP here .

"Chapter Two" EP Premiering On Ones To Watch

Our "Chapter Two" EP premiered exclusively on Live Nation's Ones To Watch. "At the juncture of electro-pop, indie-rock, and pure funkiness, the group creates music with swagger, mindfulness, and an irrefutable spark that can set any night on fire." Read the whole article and listen to the EP here.

Relix Magazine Premieres "Catapult" Music Video   The official music video for "Catapult" is premiering now over on  Relix Magazine . They call our brand new Chapter One EP "...a series of rich, nuanced studio recordings."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

Relix Magazine Premieres "Catapult" Music Video

The official music video for "Catapult" is premiering now over on Relix Magazine. They call our brand new Chapter One EP "...a series of rich, nuanced studio recordings." Watch the video and read the whole article here.

Billboard Premieres "Control" Music Video   The official music video for "Control" is premiering now over on  Billboard . They call the song "...a candy-coated nugget coming straight from Nashville that sounds ready to squeeze in alongside Børns and the 1975 on your alt-pop playlists."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

Billboard Premieres "Control" Music Video

The official music video for "Control" is premiering now over on Billboard. They call the song "...a candy-coated nugget coming straight from Nashville that sounds ready to squeeze in alongside Børns and the 1975 on your alt-pop playlists." Watch the video and read the whole article here.

Paste Premieres "Paralyzed" Music Video   The official music video for "Paralyzed" is premiering now over on  Paste . They call the song "...instantly, urgently current."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

Paste Premieres "Paralyzed" Music Video

The official music video for "Paralyzed" is premiering now over on Paste. They call the song "...instantly, urgently current." Watch the video and read the whole article here.


"Cataplut" Backtracked Video Premiering On PopMatters   The first video from our brand new Backtracked series is premiering now over on  PopMatters . They also discuss our brand new Chapter One EP calling it "...a delectably polished dreamscape of sprightly, ebullient sound."  Watch the video and read the whole article here .

"Cataplut" Backtracked Video Premiering On PopMatters

The first video from our brand new Backtracked series is premiering now over on PopMatters. They also discuss our brand new Chapter One EP calling it "...a delectably polished dreamscape of sprightly, ebullient sound." Watch the video and read the whole article here.

"Control" Backtracked Video Premiering On Atwood Magazine   The third video from our new Backtracked video series is premiering now over on  Atwood Magazine . They also talked about our new Chapter One EP, calling it  "... a shimmering, guitar-driven record packed with indie pop power...a euphoric expression of desire and in-the-moment connection, packed with ecstatic synths and dynamic guitars take listener and band alike to soaring heights."  Check out the video and read the article here.

"Control" Backtracked Video Premiering On Atwood Magazine

The third video from our new Backtracked video series is premiering now over on Atwood Magazine. They also talked about our new Chapter One EP, calling it "...a shimmering, guitar-driven record packed with indie pop power...a euphoric expression of desire and in-the-moment connection, packed with ecstatic synths and dynamic guitars take listener and band alike to soaring heights." Check out the video and read the article here.

"Paralyzed" Backtracked Video Premiering On Pancakes and Whiskey   The second video from our new Backtracked video series is premiering now over on  Pancakes and Whiskey . "With just a piano, acoustic guitar, bass and a drum-track, the band fully immerses themselves into the song and the result is pure magic. While the music itself is well thought-out and has a foot-tapping melody, the real star is Daniel Ellsworth’s soaring vocals that effortlessly reach the spaces in between the bouncing notes."  Check out the video and read the whole article here .

"Paralyzed" Backtracked Video Premiering On Pancakes and Whiskey

The second video from our new Backtracked video series is premiering now over on Pancakes and Whiskey. "With just a piano, acoustic guitar, bass and a drum-track, the band fully immerses themselves into the song and the result is pure magic. While the music itself is well thought-out and has a foot-tapping melody, the real star is Daniel Ellsworth’s soaring vocals that effortlessly reach the spaces in between the bouncing notes." Check out the video and read the whole article here.

 
 

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CONTACT


 

PRESS: Facci PR | Sarah Facciolo | sarah@faccipr.com

LICENSING: Terrorbird Media | syncteam@terrorbird.com

BOOKING: booking@danielellsworthandthegreatlakes.com