COVER STORY: Ourselves the Elves Sits Us Down For Some Geography Lessons


A friend of mine once told me that there’s something amazing happening right now in the local music scene: a lot of young bands have been popping up recently with their own unique (and sophisticated) sound, and not one of them sound alike. It truly is an exciting time to be a music fan right now. And right smack dab in the center of this trend are Ourselves the Elves. They make music that is a mixture of indie rock and honest-to-goodness alt-country, which immediately piqued my interest back when I first heard of them. Their music, simply put, is beautiful and devoid of pretentiousness, and it is charming without being cloying.

To say that they are wise beyond their years would do the band members a huge disservice because they are clearly smart and talented young people with amazing songwriting chops to boot. That alone makes them worthy of your attention. Comprised of Alyana Cabral, Akira Medina, Paula Castillo, and Ponch Salvador, Ourselves the Elves got their start in college where they sharpened their skills by playing shows and self-releasing a four-song EP.

They have grown a lot since their early days and they are now set to release their new EP “Geography Lessons”. The songs that make up “Geography Lessons” are songs that the band recorded for the award-winning short film “Lisyun Qng Geografia” by Petersen Vargas. And after hearing a couple of songs from the EP, I can honestly say that this is a match made in heaven.

On October 10, the EP as well as the DVD of “Lisyun Qng Geografia” will be released simultaneously. It’s also the perfect time for you to catch the band live in action. If you’re up for some dreamy folk-influenced indie pop, then this is perfectly right up your alley.

And since they’re coming out with a new EP, we’ve decided to make Ourselves the Elves our featured artist for the month of October. Keep an eye out for more features about the band, including our review of the aforementioned EP. In the meantime, you can listen to their latest single, “Longing For”, below.


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