M4DMV on Bandcloud, What Penumbras on Dublin Digital

Bandcloud, aka Aidan Hanratty, had some kind words to say about Music for the DMV and my one year recap. Here’s an excerpt:

“It’s a concept album about visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles, and it mirrors the agitation and unease many feel there. It’s clubby, ambient, expansive and weird. I like it.”

Read the full review here along with words on John Beltran, Cloak, Pamcy, Forest Management, Litt, Oracula, Juarta Putra, D. Strange and Golden Chorale.

Bandcloud also played my song “What Penumbras” off Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets on his Dublin Digital Radio show last week; you can hear the full show, including tracks by Kings of Tomorrow, Diplo, Low Normal, Mischa Lively, Ten Years Lost, and more, over on Mixcloud:

1 Year of Music at the DMV

One year ago today I self-released Music for the DMV (and in celebration, it’s discounted on Bandcamp to $3 til the end of August!). I’ve had a lot of great response to the album. I decided to do a little recap of what the past year has looked like in terms of promoting the album. I’ve embedded an image of the report below, or you can download as a PDF here.

There were also quite a few other positive results from this project. I didn’t include this in the statistics, but the songs “Club Clanger” and “Ambient Industrial Gymnopedie” are part of WEATNU Radio’s rotating playlist and have each been played more than 200 times over the past year. “Club Clanger” was also licensed for commercial use (know where? Tell me!). I met new friend Xqui and we released a 2-song EP. I was invited to submit tracks to 4 different compilations (here, here, here, and here). I turned one of the live sets I recorded into Departure 2019, a name-your-price digital download and cassette tape. I contributed vocals that Whettman Chelmets used in a live set and subsequent release. The wonderful Yeah I Know It Sucks not only reviewed Music for the DMV, but also every single other thing I’ve ever released!

It’s been a great experience. I’m getting close to finishing up my next album and looking forward to whatever new experiences that release brings.

M4DMV Wins IMA Best Concept Album

Music for the DMV was honored at the Independent Music Awards this weekend by being nominated in two categories–Best Concept Album, and Best Longform Video. And I’m so excited to share that we took home the win for Best Concept Album!

Thank you to the Independent Music Awards for an amazing evening. It’s incredibly affirming to meet so many talented and dedicated self-released/indie artists, and to be able to celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

M4DMV reviewed by Recclective

Absolutely gorgeous review of Music for the DMV up on the Recclective blog today. I’m blushing from quotes like this:

“…let’s be real if there is a hell it’s probably a lot like the DMV. Yet Elizabeth Joan Kelly’s music is like a guided meditation for the creatives, for the daydreamers in all of us, and something that helps us escape our immediate surroundings–and by accomplishing that she has made the mundane beautiful. For providing the soundtrack, and even anthem of all daydreamers I give this album my recc.”

Read the full review on the blog at https://recclective.com/2019/03/24/elizabeth-joan-kelly-music-for-the-dmv/