“The work of Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas (AKA Elle Belle) mixes the heartland earnestness of The War on Drugs with the bright synth rhythms of M83. The resulting mashup of aesthetics and production would seem to produce a sound that struggles against its own tendencies, but Pappas corrals these various bits of sound into a cohesive whole. It’s fascinating to hear and difficult to accurately describe. “- Nooga
Los Angeles artist Elle Belle, the creation of Christopher Pappas is excited to release the latest single “Knock on the Light,” off of hisforth coming23 song opus WAKO GUMBO. “Knock on the Light” is available today worldwide. The song features guest vocals from Misty Boyce (keys for BØRNS), and was mixed by Mike Bloom (Jenny Lewis, The Elected, Julian Casablancas).
“Knock on the Light”
“The tune echoes early Twin Shadow – innovative yet infectious, enticing and engaging. It is only a matter time before Pappas becomes a household name, and “Knock On The Light” is the first stone into the pond.” – The Revue
“Waves of sound interlock together, and even the vocals are comprised of layers and layers of voices. Every different layer of sound comes together and becomes a single cosmic groove.” – IMPOSE MAGAZINE
“Knock on the Light” is cosmic in its energy, and positiveinit’smessage.Thesongsprotagonistfinds himself disappointed and scared about the mundane possibility of a “typical life” usually associated with a house, kids and a 9-5 job. Instead of succumbing to his anxieties,thesongsprotagonisttasks himself with living each day to the fullest and focusing on the present – realizing that there is more than one path to happiness. “Knock on the Light” follows “Failed Dreamz” and “Rain in London” (feat Lucius) as the third single off oftheforthcomingWAKOGUMBO.
“The album WAKO GUMBO is an experiment in different genres and sounds,” says Pappas. “’Knock on the Light’ feels like a great glimpse into the what the album holds since, like the album, it mashes a few different genres and sounds together in a way that I hope people find unique and exciting. A good representation of what’s in store.”