With an easygoing voice, Jesse Elliott leads Washington D.C based band These United States' distinct electro-folk sound. Elements of post rock, garage and synth-pop round out their music which relies heavily on narrative songwriting. A Picture Of The Three Of Us At The Gate To The Garden Of Eden is the debut album that showcases the band's inspired reinvention of the folk.
Elliott's heartbroken, introspective storytelling is set against delicately strummed guitar riffs as he meditates on love and loss. Fellow band mate David Strackany offers skillfully mixed, multi-instrumental support with a range in keys, drums, accordion, bass and vibraphone.
"First Sight" begins with a soft keyboard riff just before Elliot sings a tale of the birth and death of love. "It's a history of love" says Elliott "the whole thing, from the beginning of time, just the way it happens in one mind and then another."
As a duo, Elliott and Strakany set the creative foundation for These United States. However, the band is known to rotate in any number of musicians they pick up along the way. Elliot describes the dynamic as "A distinct geographic flavor for These United States every night, it's exhausting and inspiring."
These United States is busy this year with a tour and hopes to record a second album in May. Elliot says "We're playing 33 shows in 33 cities as 33 different line-ups of These United States."