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Upon Waking is the debut solo record from California native turned Austin, TX based musician, Elijah Ford. Ford began work on his solo career after a break from touring with Oscar & Grammy winner Ryan Bingham, and released his first record in October of 2011.
Ford's unique vocals and dynamic melodies are immediately reminiscent of Canadian crooner-Rufus Wainwright, while the honest and poetic, say-more-with-less approach to lyrics comes from one of his biggest musical influences, David Bazan.
In addition to Wainwright and Bazan, Upon Waking draws inspiration from The Shins, St. Vincent and The Strokes, all packaged into a cohesive, melodic and cinematic rock record produced by ex-Black Crowes guitarist and Elijah's father, Marc Ford.
Ford Sr. unleashes his Crowes-era guitar wailing on tracks like "Surprise, Surprise" and "Realistic," but it's Elijah's songwriting and compelling melodies that carry the energy consistently from track to track. The record also features UK band, Phantom Limb, adding a component of ghostly and beautiful backing vocals on tracks "Damn the Days" and "Rejoice."
Ford is working on a new EP set to release in October, and is continuing to play, write and record in the meantime.
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