Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 â October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, the area in which he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures and harmonies.
This post is part of our “Top Albums of The Decade” series. Follow the series to read about the best music to grace our ears in the 2000s. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (Mint Records) Hailing from the snowy Canadian plains, The New Pornographers shook everyone from the ground up when their incredible blend [...]
California native Earlimart have gone through a lot of changes in their musical style along their 10 years of existence. Their first records were more post-punk/folk influenced, sounding more like Pixies and Sonic Youth, but ever since Aaron Espinoza discovered that adding a piano can drastically improve their music, they’ve been spitting out sophisticated pop, [...]