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El Ten Eleven’s ‘Banker’s Hill’ explores ‘challenge of living in the moment’

Post-rock duo El Ten Eleven headlines the Bartlett on Saturday in support of “Banker’s Hill.” (Mark Owens)
Post-rock duo El Ten Eleven headlines the Bartlett on Saturday in support of “Banker’s Hill.” (Mark Owens)

Looping pedals are nothing new, but few bands use them just as effectively as post-rock band El Ten Eleven.

The band is the duo of bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty, but the pair has always seemed much larger, layering elements in such a way that it sounds as if they’re being backed by half a dozen musicians.

This is true both during the band’s live shows and on its albums, including “Banker’s Hill,” which was released Aug. 10.

For the first time in the band’s 16-year career, the duo worked with an outside producer, Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Protomartyr) at Panoramic House in northern California.

“Working with such a talented producer really pulled out our strengths and cut away our weakness,” Dunn and Fogarty said in a press statement. “We learned and grew more than we expected to and couldn’t be happier with the results.”

“Banker’s Hill,” the pair said, is “a nine-song exploration into the challenge of living in the moment… ‘Banker’s Hill’ explores the paradox of beauty in anxiety, the importance and effect of family and the fleeting possibility of satisfaction.”

In support of the album, the band’s tenth release, El Ten Eleven recently embarked on an extensive North American tour, which includes a stop at the Bartlett on Saturday.


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