Elle Belle

Elle Belle

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Psych-pop from LA.


Elle Belle is a psych-pop band from Los Angeles. The solo project of Christopher Pappas (aka “Elle”); a multi-Instrumentalist who wrote and recorded the near entirety of his sprawling 23 song debut by himself in his apartment. The project was born in the spring of 2014 when Christopher suffered a nervous breakdown and found relief in creating a new musical identity, an alter-ego of sorts. The end result is Baptistina I & II (release: TBD); an ambitious debut double record that spans numerous genres: hints of 60’s infused psychedelia are mixed with garage rock, pop, and even prog to create a dense and intricate sound.

The story starts with Elle Belle’s early unreleased demos being enthusiastically passed among fellow musicians, which in turn gave the project a loyal following. Among those who loved these early songs was LA guitarist Mike Bloom (Jenny Lewis, The Elected, Juliana Casablancas) who took on guitar duties in the live show. Elle Belle released a debut single late that summer (“You Better Mean It”) which charted on a number of radio stations and spun by the legendary Nic Harcourt. 

After the single, Elle and Bloom put the final touches on the enormous batch of songs that would ultimately be the official debut. The core of the sound relies on the lo-fi 60’s esthetic but never succumbs to pure musical nostalgia. Through experimentation the album effortlessly circles around numerous styles: take  “Stranger of the Times”, reminiscent of early Bowie, or the trance-like bass n drum groove of “Rain in London” (with spectacular guest vocals from Holly and Jess of Lucius), these songs are able to ride the line between modern and retro, fresh and familiar. Others, including “San Francisco’s (Gonna take my Girl)” with its explosive chorus and crooning vocals to “Failed Dreamz” an up-tempo synth rock track with driving rhythms and layered guitars, only further cement the album’s ability to produce lasting melodies that stay with you well after the record has ended.