e.s.l. is a Vancouver-based chamber pop quintet featuring Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (Fan Death) on lead vocals and piano, Cris Derksen (Tanya Tagaq, Kanye West) on cello, Diona Davies (Geoff Berner, Po’ Girl, Carolyn Mark) on violin, Tess Kitchen (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) on trumpet and Joy Mullen (Joyce Collingwood) on drums. Since forming in 2005, they’ve become Folk Festival darlings and their debut album “Eye Contact” has received rave reviews and full support from the CBC.
Veering wildly between Polish cabaret and chamber pop and on to a whimsical and delicate old-Hollywood vibe, the smart and enchanting women of e.s.l. spin Romany-esque melodies that will catch your ear and entangle you in their spell. Their dynamic show takes you from orchestral soundscapes to underground dance clubs with prohibition-era abandon. These gals’ taunting, tempting songs are modern tales of urban sensibility that rant against rampant consumerism and celebrate love as play, conveying an awareness and heartfelt reflection of our times.