They're named after a particularly cinemtaic image - The Ivy Walls, an evocative handle that suggests separation, beauty, higher education, and the union between the natural and the artificial. The music has a film-like quality too; it's dreamy, lush, and as romantic as a Hollywood score. The Ivy Walls call their sophomore album "The Elegant Universe", and it's an apt title: this is the sort of set that invites listeners to lose themselves in waves of glorious sound. The band has been likened to other adventurous sonic landscapers: Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, The Stone Roses, and Broken Social Scene. These comparisons certainly aren't misleading, but The Ivy Walls have developed a musical and visual aesthetic all their own.
Unsurprisingly, their music has drawn attention from filmmakers and television programmers. The spirited "Faster Faster", the kickoff cut from the debut album "Lovers In Hotels", scored a recent episode of USA Network's hit comedy series Royal Pains. "Halloween", another Ivy Walls favorite, was featured on The Real World Hollywood; The Real World Sydney aired the "Lovers in Hotels" title track. "The Elegant Universe" promises to please Hollywood just as bit as much - every one of it's twelve tracks feels like the perfect accompaniament for a dramatic scene. But make no mistake - The Ivy Walls is no studio-only act. They've become one of the most popular live attractions in the Los Angeles underground, and they've made a major contribution to the city's pop resurgence."