Ellery is a local duo made up of Tasha & Justin Golden. They put on an in-store performance at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers a couple nights ago. I’d never heard any Ellery songs until the day before when I’d picked up a used copy of last year’s Lying Awake. It’s an enjoyable CD that bears absolutely no similarity whatsoever to the music of Ben Folds. (Ellery is compared to him on Wikipedia and the All Music Guide.) I liked it enough that I thought it would probably be worth it to walk to the bookstore in the cold to see them perform.
Ellery put on a good show. I thought their 17 song setlist was way too long for an in-store performance, but too much good music is still a good thing and I shouldn’t complain. I could’ve left early, but I’m one of those who always sticks around to the end of shows. It’s just a habit.
Ellery played the majority of Lying Awake, all three songs from their December Days EP, a cover of Stephin Merritt’s “The Book of Love”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, and a few other songs. Ellery’s originals were all high quality, but I found that I enjoyed the Christmas songs and the Stephin Merritt song the most.
Ellery’s December Days EP is currently available for free download at ellerychristmas.com. It features two Ellery originals and a cover of “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.