Ancient Elk

(Photo: CPR / Bruce Mitchell)

The music of Ancient Elk is hard to define. The Denver quartet has won a Westword Music Award in both the "avant-garde" and "Americana" categories. But it also incorporates jazz, psychedelic rock and folk on its debut self-titled album, which it released this week.

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Ancient Elk visited the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from the LP. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about writing the album over the course of three years, the coloring book they're offering with "Ancient Elk" and their connection to the Moon Magnet music collective in Denver.

Stream the session above.

Songs performed:

  • "Moonhammer"
  • "Break"
  • "The Dream"
  • "Yellowed Pages"