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Born of the thriving "Psychedelphia" scene that has taken off in the City of Brotherly Love in recent years, Eltro is a young band with an utterly distinctive sound. Theirs is an improvisational style focusing on ambient textures rather than hooks and melodies, but that doesn't keep the music from being catchy; it's just that it catches you on a semiconscious level somewhere between sleep and waking, where it can somehow simultaneously conjure the vastness of space and the privacy of thought.

Indeed, the band has spoken of its compositions as music conceived in a semiconscious state. The quartet is bassist and vocalist Diana Prescott, guitarist and occasional vocalist Jorge Sandrini, keyboardist Rick Henderson, and percussionist Ted Johnson. Sandrini's guitar is perhaps the brightest thread woven into the band's multihued tapestries of sound; sometimes drenched in reverb, warm, shimmery, comfortably strange. Johnson's rhythms are varied and exotic; Prescott and Sandrini's vocals dreamy and narcotized; and Henderson layers the songs with inexpensive electronic textures created with broken amps and tired keyboards. One could point to a myriad of influences here, from Stereolab's adventurous electro-pop to Eno's ambient soundscapes to Reichian minimalism to movie music; the fact that there are so many musical reference points to the originality and eclecticism of Eltro's sound.

Eltro first made waves with the 1998 release of their album Information Changer on Philly's Miner Street Records. The band developed a local following and quickly sold out the initial edition of the CD, prompting Absolutely Kosher to re-release it in 2001. Also in 2001, AK oversaw the release of Eltro's second LP, Velodrome. Eltro recorded both albums with producer Brian McTear of Mazarin and Marinernine.

The tracks "Grand Canyon" and "Storm Cloud of the Century" can be found on Information Changer, while "Some Vital Function," "Niagara," and "Vera Wang" appear on Velodrome.