Let’s Fly a Kite out now on Yep Roc Records

Let’s Fly a Kite is available in stores now.  On the record, Eleni  explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank.  This will be her second album released on Yep Roc, the album sees a standard-bearer of the L.A. singer-songwriter scene offer a window into her new parental role through characteristically wry lyrics, noirish vocals and sunny and orchestral-pop arrangements.

If you need to sample the album, head over to the folks at KCRW.  They’ve been fans of Eleni Mandell since here 1998 debut Wishbone and are featuring an exclusive stream of the radio show HERE.  You can also purchase Let’s Fly a Kite from Yep Roc RecordsAmazon and iTunes.

Pre-order Let’s Fly a Kite

Catch Eleni’s charming interview on The Leonard Lopate Show for WNYC in the player below.  During the program, Eleni discusses how she handles touring with twin toddlers, meeting Nick Lowe, and her upcoming album Let’s Fly a Kite.  Eleni even ends her session with a lilting live performance of “Put My Baby to Bed.”

Let’s Fly a Kite will be released on January 28, 2014, and is available now for pre-order on CD and LP.


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New album Let’s Fly a Kite out Jan. 28

Eleni Mandell explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank on her new album ‘Let’s Fly a Kite,’ out January 28 on Yep Roc Records. Her second for Yep Roc, the album sees a standard-bearer of the L.A. singer-songwriter scene offer a window into her new parental role through characteristically wry lyrics, noirish vocals and sunny, orchestral-pop arrangements.

While on a tour with Nick Lowe, Eleni became fast friends with Nick’s producer Neil Brockbank and agreed to make this album together. Mandell went to London and cut it with Brockbank and members of Lowe’s band, including Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Matt Radford (bass), Robert Trehern (drums), Martin Winning (wind instruments) plus Greg Townson of Los Straitjackets on guitar. Says Lowe: “She stole my band and my sound, but I’d still have her ’round for tea.”

Eleni also brings her children on all of her tours, criss-crossing the country and overseas with her twins in tow.

The two-steps, waltzes and weepers on ‘Let’s Fly a Kite’ take inspiration from years past, but here Mandell is a thoroughly modern woman. “Put My Baby To Bed,” based on a phone call she had with her babysitter, shows her flair for writing about her children in a way that’s broad enough to let listeners project their own romantic meanings over timpani, upright bass, jazz clarinet and plucked strings.

The swinging “Wedding Ring,” cleverly addressed to the titular inanimate object, is a sendup of marriage (or rather people who desperately seek it). Occasionally she does consider romance, like when she tries to take a platonic relationship a step further on “Love Never Acted”: “I like bourbon on ice every now and again / I hoped you’d partake so this friendship could end.”

Eleni signed to Yep Roc for 2012’s ‘I Can See the Future,’ which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The Strokes). She’s been compared to Chrissie Hynde and PJ Harvey by Spin, early Elvis Costello by Rolling Stone, and Joni Mitchell by Paste; as The Los Angeles Times puts it, Mandell is “gifted with a voice that’s as smoky and coolly moderate as a chanteuse secreting a pearl-handled revolver beneath her dress in a noir novel.”

Jan 28 – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
Jan 29 – Narrows Center – Fall River, MA
Jan 30 – Mercury Lounge – New York City, NY
Jan 31 – World Cafe – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 2 – Club Passim – Boston, MA
Feb 4 – Iota – Arlington, VA
Feb 5 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 6 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
Feb 7 – Bottle Tree – Birmingham, AL
Feb 8 – Hi Watt – Nashville, TN
Feb 12 – Mojos – Columbus, MO
Feb 13 – Knucklehead’s – Kansas City, MO
Feb 14 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
Feb 15 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
Feb 16 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
Feb 19 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Feb 20 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Feb 21 – Sam Bond’s – Eugene, OR
Feb 28 – McCabe’s – Santa Monica, CA

PledgeMusic campaign for new album Let’s Fly a Kite

Dear Friends,

I just had the incredible experience of making a record in London with an unbelievably talented group of people. The music that came out of it is my new record, Let’s Fly a Kite, available on January 28, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. I always get excited about releasing a new album but I think I’m more excited than ever about this group of songs. Making the record was much like the sound of the record; breezy, fun with a dash of charm. I really can’t wait for you all to hear it.

I’m writing now to ask you to help me to tour in support of this record. The cost of touring has been exacerbated by the ever changing state of the music business, the global economy and the price of gas. I can no longer afford to bring a band on the road but I have found that performing solo gives me the chance to really connect with you, the audience. I am a single parent of remarkable twins, Rex and Della (almost 3 yrs old!). Bringing them on the road has been a joy for me and an education for them. I’m certain that traveling is having a really positive impact on them. Keeping them on the road with me is a priority. Your support will not only help fund my upcoming tour but will help keep my family together.

Please, pledge your support now and come out and see me. Free hugs for everyone!



“Bun in the Oven” music video premiere

The official music video for “Bun in the Oven” premiered this week on Paste Magazine. From the post:

“Bun in the Oven” grounds itself in quiet guitars and soothing vocals while the organ track hums softly in the background. The video is a near perfect accompaniment to the composition, featuring Mandell performing in solitude from the comfort of a lakeside cabin, and precious footage of her interacting with a pair of toddlers.

It was shot in Hood River, Oregon, during Eleni’s latest West Coast tour and filmed by director Manny Marquez.  In addition to Eleni, it stars her children, Rex and Della.

New tour dates announced with Nick Lowe

Eleni Mandell will join Yep Roc label mate Nick Lowe on tour during his solo North American run this September and October. Check out the dates below to find a show near you.

9/18 – Albany, NY – Swyer Theater/The Egg
9/19 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
9/20 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater
9/22 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
9/23 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
9/25 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater
9/27 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
9/29 – Denver, CO – L2 Arts & Culture Center
10/1 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
10/2 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubador
10/4 – Sacramento, CA – 24th Street Theatre

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