Photo credit: Radiant Human

Photo credit: Radiant Human

“You can call it folk, but this ain’t Americana. At once soothing and emotional, Elana’s performance is nothing less than cathartic…Her sound draws from something more ancient, and yet is unbound by the forms and structures of traditional folk ballads.” —Matthew Gilliam, Eastern Soundboard

In 2017, Elana Low bought a used harmonium in Ozone Park, Queens. She wrote her first song the next day and hasn't stopped since. Influenced by Bjork, Joanna Newsom, and Melora Creager, in the past year she has played shows at The Sidewalk Cafe, Pete’s Candy Store, Pianos, Muchmores, The Footlight, Friends and Lovers, and more. Her performance style "has a trance effect on the audience, inviting comparisons to Nico, Florence Welch, and Joni Mitchell on steroids" (Tony Sokol, Den of Geek). In her songwriting, she finds “a fascinating intersection between folk songs of long ago and the immediacy of text threads between friends and lovers,” making it easy to be “mesmerized by her harmonium and her honeyed, vibrato-free voice”.  (Jeremy Shatan, An Earful). She is currently recording her debut EP, Loam, for Summer 2019 release.

Check out her single “Pollen Path” on the Women of Substance podcast here (18:00).

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Upcoming shows

MAY 28 - TUES - The Footlight - 10PM

JULY 14 - SUN - The Footlight

AUG 14 - WED - Bryant Park

The Topaz, 2018. Photo credit: Eric Sasson

The Topaz, 2018. Photo credit: Eric Sasson