Rob Ellis is a British musician and record producer who has worked with such artists as PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, Marianne Faithfull, Bat for Lashes, Scott Walker, Cold Specks and Torres.
Rob is a member of the band Paradise: paradiseband.uk
Rob has also produced his own work under the name Spleen and two albums in his own name: Music for The Home Volumes 1 and 2, on the Leaf label. For a full list of Rob's work see the discography page.
Torres "Sprinter" Reviews
"Sprinter", the new album by Torres, which was co-produced by Rob with the artist has been released in May 2015 to superb reviews across the board worldwide.
Torres is currently touring to support the album, please see http://torrestorrestorres.com for further details.
The most exciting music to emerge so far this year – Rolling Stone
Astonishing, unsettling, beautiful, Sprinter combines the raw energy of Torres's 90's forebears with modern minimalism; the result is captivating
4/5 – The Observer
Sprinter crackles and explodes, with a dynamic range that'd make Steve Albini blush 9/10 – Paste Magazine
Sprinter is a devastatingly beautiful record that's among the year's very best so far
4/5 – Musicomh.com
It could be time for the Torres fanclub to find a bigger room because this second album is going to bring in a lot more folks 4/5 – The Irish Times
An overwhelming rush of feeling 8/10 – Pitchfork
It makes you hold your breath for whatever Torres will create next 9/10 - Popmatters
This album is a vital listen: Scott's unrestrained emotion, Godly technical prowess and a natural gift for great songwriting make it one of the finest of 2015 so far
9/10 – The Line of Best Fit
This record finds Scott facing down her own darkness with poise and poetry
8/10 – NME
Brooklyn singer-songwriter heads to Dorset for exemplary second 8/10 – Uncut
Her second album confronts relationships past and present, in songs that sound bravely open – New York Times
Power is par for the course 9/10 - Consequence of Sound
Sprinter is a vital album 8.5/10 – The 405
Sprinter is a bruising brilliant record from a singular talent. It won't sooth or placate, it's all teeth 8/10 – DIY Magazine
With it's even split between LOUD and quiet, Sprinter manages to be defiant at it's most minimal 8/10 - Drowned in Sound
Torres writes songs that spare no one – Chicago Tribune
If you draw a line from Patti Smith to PJ Harvey and keep going, that line should eventually hit Mackenzie Scott, aka Torres - The Sunday Times
If she continues to deliver such beautifully crafted, insightful work than it's perfectly conceivable to imagine a future in which she is mentioned in the same breath as Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, or Leonard Cohen – The Quietus
Torres subtly literate lyrics and adventurous music make this a powerhouse sophomore album – Colorado Springs Independent
Sprinter is Torres' thoroughly convincing calling card, and if you haven't started paying attention yet, you really should now – LA Music Blog
Marianne Faithfull "Give my Love to London"
Marianne Faithfull's latest album "Give my love to London" which was co-produced by Rob received rapturous reviews from the press (see below). Rob will be touring with Marianne for her 50th anniversary tour.
See: http://www.givemylovetolondon.com for details
Her finest album since Broken English – ★★★★★ - Daily Express
Her gravelly voice imbues the collection with passion, regret and icy contempt -★★★★ – The Observer
A return to form – ★★★★ – the Independent / i
A spirited and engaging album – ★★★★- Daily Mirror
A return to form - ★★★★ – Financial Times
★★★★ - Sunday Express
A vision of revolution – The Guardian
She has made her masterpiece - 9/10 – Classic Rock
Her most cohesive work in 35 years - 8/10 - NME
Faithfull is at her most lyrically caustic since the pivotal Broken English - 8/10 – Uncut
The Baroness of Bohemia is still blazing away - ★★★★– Mojo
A grippingly dramatic, latterday-Leonard-Cohen-alike masterpiece - ★★★★– Q
Late-period career peak - ★★★★- Record Collector
Rob has had another very busy and eventful year, mainly touring yet again with Marianne Faithfull, including ecstatically received performances at Ronnie Scott’s club, The Roundhouse and a special concert in the re-opening week of The Bataclan in Paris a year after the appalling events of November 2015. All the live work Rob and band did with Marianne over the previous two years was encapsulated in a specially released live album and DVD “No Exit” in September, compiled from various performances around Europe over that period.
Meanwhile Rob found time to produce debut albums for London based band Marine, Danish band Baby in Vain & a third album for Torres (whose last album “Sprinter” Rob produced in 2014) and which are all set to be released in 2017.
While doing that he has found time to form a new band “Paradise” with Marianne Faithfull bandmate Rob McVey and Sivert Hoyem ex of Madrugada that Rob worked with in 2004 on that band’s “Grit” album.
Paradise’s first gig is at Zermatt Unplugged Festival on the 7th April 2017 see details here http://www.zermatt-unplugged.ch/program/concerts-2017/paradise-en-us/ and more gigs are planned for the rest of the year as well as music releases (more news on that as it happens).
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