The film, which was funded in part via Kickstarter, will feature insights from Smith’s close friends, family, and collaborators, including his sister and a number of producers and engineers he recorded music with.
Director Kevin Moyer says, “This project is a love letter to Elliott and his music. And it’s a love letter to Portland really too – as well as Texas, New York, and Los Angeles which are the other places that Elliott called home. And most importantly, it’s a love letter from a whole bunch of other great people who were close to Elliott and loved him just as much too; friends and confidants who graciously trusted us with such a sensitive subject and put their own vulnerabilities aside to help us explain to the world why we all loved him.”
Watch the Kickstarter video below.
Smith fans are less than enthusiastic about the tracks are positively irate over Doughty posting them at all. It’s easy to argue that Smith, now 10 years gone, would not have wanted these released. They are at best a curiosity, with okay but nothing special beats, and some obviously tossed-off Smith vocals – one of the songs would evolve into “Bottle Up and Explode!” from Smith’s acclaimed XO, and another has a rather obnoxiously repetitive sample of Smith saying “Aah fuck” from an outtake. Doughty says that they had an idea to do something together while Smith was working on the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack, and that Smith came in and sang acapella into a stereo mic setup. Listen:
Xoe Wise‘s bio begins, Xoe Wise is a heart from a dream, a mind from the ocean, a thought from a memory and a musician from the lack of difference between the three. Thankfully, her music is less inscrutable. Here’s our interpretation: Xoe Wise is a North Carolina singer-songwriter with a talent for beachy, sing-a-long folk songs. Think Colbie Callait meets Elliott Smith. Multi-tracked vocals, acoustic guitars, twinkling keys and shuffling beats permeate her music. NC 101 is soft and diaphanous, with breezy vocals that nudge the melody along. Sail and Take Me Away are folksy acoustic pop nuggets that share the same sunny insouciance. But our favorite has to be My Heart, a romantic gem where Wises’ lovely voice sails up the scales. Heart from a dream, a mind from the ocean”yeah, maybe. All you need to know is that she’s good. Put on this Carolina girl’s music and it feels a little less like winter.
There’s a certain sort of music that any self-respecting indie lover keeps loaded on the iPod for the most emotionally sensitive of situations. Like when you’re facing your first makeout session with a new sweetheart, or recovering from a bad breakup that leaves your black-rimmed glasses fogged with tears. Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, Fields ”any of these soothing salves work wonders on aching hearts, frazzled nerves or restless sleeps. Here’s one more to add to your playlist: Northampton, Massachusetts’ Winterpills.
Vivid and visceral, Winterpills create spacious slowcore rife with romanticism. Led by the gossamer vocal harmonies of singers Philip Price and Flora Reed, the band takes listeners through songs of sad boys, chamomile breezes and bee-stung hearts. The arrangements are minimal and organic, but never too sleepy. The electric whinny of guitar, analog crackles and shifting rhythms keep the mood dynamic, if low-key. Next time your Elliott Smith CD skips, or you’re sick of Fleet Foxes, give these guys a spin”they’re sure to seduce and sedate.