Ashley Eriksson (darling to many for her work with LAKE) has achieved a status few artists ever know: her song “Island Song” can be hummed by almost any teenager in the United States (a surprising discovery she made while teaching Portland’s Rock Camp for Girls last summer). Used as the closing theme for Cartoon Network’s cult sensation Adventure Time, “Island Song” has over a million views on Youtube and has generated dozens of cover videos, making Ashley Eriksson the equivalent of a “household name” to the youth of America. Now Ashley Eriksson has recorded Colours [KLP245], her inspired solo debut on K, and a collection of piano pieces, ballads and songs for her fans around the world.
Tucker Martine (producer of LAKE, Decemberists) planted the idea that Ashley should make a solo record after they worked together in 2011, but it wasn’t until returning from a trip to Sweden that Ashley was motivated to create Colours, and her vision for a solo piano album quickly evolved to include songs with her beloved ’70s style of instrumentation and pop sensibility (most strikingly her cover of “Ett Stilla Regn” a song by the tragic Swedish pop team Ted and Kenneth Gärdestad, adapted in the style “Me and My Arrow” by Harry Nilsson). Because Ashley engineered and recorded the album herself (using the same 8-track she’s been recording with since she was a teenager), she was able to capture her collection of songs in a variety of old haunts, including favorite grange halls and churches, her tiny shed in northern Sweden, friends’ houses, and in the Whidbey Island studio-trailer where she lived with husband (and LAKE collaborator) Eli Moore.
Tracklist: March Of The Conch / Why Are You So Helpless? / West Of The Mountain / Arguably / Ett Stilla Regn / Good Storm / Colours / Bury The House / Mother Nature’s Promise / Sunset / Humming In The Dark / Organ Music / In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
K Records KLP245LP