21 Jan 2021

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Eli Moore - EP Review: Home Skillet

29 Jul 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff

In 2017 Eli Moore released his first full length album. Ship Life revolved around his experience as a cruise ship musician and referenced his appreciation of the harmonies and forms of jazz music within a classic pop context. Cutting to 2020, lockdown provided a veiled opportunity for Moore to turn his attention away from the dense compositions and big band approach of Ship Life to the bedroom production and 90's Hip-Hop influence that would bring us Home Skillet.

Home Skillet takes Moore's love of jazz conventions and samples them into an overcast bedroom pop song called The Thought. He forges a misty atmosphere that meets where lo-fi beats and film noir cross over, only to yank us into the parody Hip-Hop stylings of Catholic Playah.

leaning tracks like Simple Love return to a more classic soul vibe and Babe, You Should Be with 
Me makes use of Moore's well felt out piano playing.

The Thought particularly stands out with its perfectly placed sax part, played deftly by John Salzano. Every time I finish Home Skillet I go back to the start just to hear The Thought one more time. I often end up just playing the whole EP through again. Babe, You Should Be with Me is more of a throwback but maintains some of the same atmosphere and shelter that The Thought began, with an extra little note of pensiveness.

Simple Love brings us back up to the latter part of the 20th century vibe and some of the synths in their orchestral arrangements feel like classic Massive Attack sounding territory, which is always a welcome surprise. Final track Tîi Rák visits bedroom pop in a way reminiscent of fellow Kiwi artist Pickle Darling, soft, endearing and stress alleviating.

As a part of the whole EP, Catholic Playah feels like a crowbar to the face, but in a vacuum it's great fun and showcases Moore's genuine love for the styles he explores. The parodic bent of the song feels like an indication of Moore's discomfort with some of the credo and conventions of Hip-Hop culture. Even in a joke song he covers his tracks, reminding us "If I'm narcissistic it's a tribute to the form" with a clever and catchy syllabic tense that shows he has a genuine knack for the genre. I'd really like to see what it would sound like if he shed the shackles of 90's bravado parody and produced something closer to the style of Common or Lupe Fiasco that might sit within Home Skillet more comfortably.

Home Skillet finds a reflective and introspective space that heavily influences any room you play it in. It makes anywhere feel like a warm bedroom on a rainy day.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Eli Moore

Eli Moore is a producer and songwriter. Known mostly for his skill as a pianist, Eli has taken his ability to play almost anything and everything by ear and sight around the world, working in show bands aboard cruise ships. An avid lover of classic pop music since young, tertiary studies in jazz made Eli more aware of interesting harmony, form and composition, all of which has found it's way into his music.

Home Skillet is a five song offering of lofi warmth and 90's influenced urban music styles. Taking cues from classic producers such as Teddy Riley (Michael Jackson), Babyface (Bobby Brown) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), among others, Eli delivers crisp, intentional songwriting in a 90's throwback aesthetic. Seeing how far he could take the ‘bedroom producer’ role, the record has him span across the styles of hip hop, new jack swing, RnB and pop, subverting the typical content of each with his own lyrical character. Now a self-sufficient one-man-band-in-a-box, Eli is already at work on his next musical output from lockdown on the family farm in Kaitaia, New Zealand.

Ship Life is a musical self-portrait, framed as a narrative of his time as a working musician aboard cruise ships. Spanning styles and influences to relate themes of displacement, love, loss and travel, it draws most deeply from a love for the singer-songwriters, super-producers and musician’s musicians of the 70’s.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Eli Moore


Home Skillet
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Ship Life
Year: 2017
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Callum Wagstaff

Pale Lady - Single Review: Lost and Found
19 Jan 2021 // by Callum Wagstaff
Pale Lady formed in 2016 when a bunch of guys with a love for rock and roll found themselves in the same music degree. By 2017 they had won that years Battle of the Bands competition.
Internet Death - Album Review: Not Your Dog!
09 Jul 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
Mild mannered billionaire journalist (citation needed) 17-year-old Christchurch musician by day, Finlay Anderson dons the Internet Death undies by night to slap us in the ass-face with the cyber hardcore anti-hero anarchist justice of Not Your Dog!Christchurch in 2020 is a Petri dish of physical isolation and the chaos of the entire world being beamed directly into the brains of the population potentially 24/7.
Screw Jack - EP Review: Back in the Saddle
02 Jul 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
Screw-Jack is a musical duo separated by the cook straight and brought together by the wonders of modern technology. The inciting incident that brought Matt Schobs and Mark Tupuhi together happened back in 2007 and somewhere along the way the post-pop electro freakbeat sounds of Screw-Jack were conceived.
Something Zesty - Single Review: Mad About It
24 Jun 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
'All Zest, No Stress' is the catchphrase for Whanganui-based one-man cartoon band Something Zesty. If it were on a cereal box it would be the bit written in a big spiked speech balloon.
Marshmellow - Album Review: Secrets of the Universe
04 Jun 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
From a world of bottomless resilience and optimism comes Marshmellow's Secrets of the Universe. A Eurovision wet dream forged in environmental hope and poverty-stricken despair with a solid gold, true-love center.
Big Scout - Single Review: Flung
30 May 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
At times dizzying and sometimes catastrophically frenetic, Flung descends into chaos.Flung is the first of four singles set for release over the coming months from Blenheim's guitar bashing wastrels Big Scout.
Known Associates - Album Review: Ride the Wave
26 May 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
Known Associates have had a successful 2019 opening for big acts like Living Colour, The Feelers and The Jordan Luck Band. Ride the Wave is their second full length outing, following Penny Love and the Rebound EP.
Goodspace - Album Review: Under the Loquat Tree
14 May 2020 // by Callum Wagstaff
Goodspace started life in 2017 as a more grunge influenced band called Restless Electric before refining their line-up and reconvening their efforts in a more lo-fi indie Britpop capacity. In 2019 they emerged as Goodspace, dedicated to helping listeners feel present and providing a more connected experience; "from our goodspace to yours".
View All Articles By Callum Wagstaff

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Olivia Rodrigo
    Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. iann dior
    Niko Walters
    Justin Bieber
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem