Mere weeks after releasing their A Valentine EP, US Elevator are set to return with a 7″ single for Record Store Day that finds the band covering Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Jim Croce’s “Spin, Spin, Spin.”
The group, which exists as a collaborative project between folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion and the Rondo Brothers, offers a blend of organic sounds and machine-driven grooves that’s being called “beat folk.” The new single follows February’s A Valentine, which included covers of Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night” and Liz Phair’s “Never Said” in addition to a Guthrie/Irion original, “Looking for You.”
Guthrie and Irion have recorded a pair of albums together (2005’s Exploration and 2011’s Bright Examples), and Sarah leads a separate life as a kindie performer with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family (read our review of their 2009 release, Go Waggaloo, right here). The Rondo Brothers have their own extensive discography, both as producers and as artists in their own right.
Listen to A Valentine in its entirety below, and watch for US Elevator’s 7″ single on Record Store Day: