"They may have grown up half a world apart, but if you take one listen to the bizarre,
haunting music created by the duo of Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, it’s hard not
to think it was meant to be.
Consider their partnership a story of musical fate. Honda moved from her native
southern Japan to Vancouver Island, where she focused on the art that would
eventually connect her with Vancouver Island artist and musician McKenzie. It wasn’t all that
long before their similar artistic influences and interests lent themselves to making
music together as well, with results that were as unexpected as they are fascinating.
After starting out busking in Victoria, they attempted several projects, then moved to
Montreal, where they fully developed their sound, a kind of avant-folk influenced by
everything from outsider art to field recordings and nursery rhymes. Named after their
favourite wild mushroom, Elfin Saddle’s sound is as organic as they come, and on
their debut, Gigantic Mother/Wounded Child, they create an imaginary world full of
spirits while accommodating traditional Japanese folk melodies and dark, strange
moments worthy of Tom Waits. Still relatively new to the scene, Elfin Saddle’s music
is as hard to pin down as it is weird and beautiful."
jordan mckenzie songwriter / multi-instrumentalist
emi honda songwriter / multi-instrumentalist
nathan gage contrabass / tuba