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People People

by People Like You

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Smile 04:41
In The Woods 04:58
Shadow Song 04:25
Gypsy Queen 06:45
Do Something 04:04
Souls 02:29


The second People Like You album, People People, released September 22nd, 2017, is a psychedelic brain stew of eclecticism that has a little something for everyone. The band's sophomore album has the same quirky charm as The Yellow Ones, while beginning to delve into the deeper and darker realms of psychedelia. Bizarre pop, gypsy folk-punk and psychedelic alt-rock, capped off with a circusy album closer all blend into the "freak folk" soundtrack that is People People.

Penned in large by the group's two songsters Eli Elkus and Andrew Polakow, (with the exception of keyboardist Justin Sheriff's debut track "Spinning in Your Head") lyrically the album highlights the oddities of everyday "people people" in their everyday lives, the eccentric people that make up People Like You, and things most everyone thinks at one point or the other, but no one thinks to say aloud. The album greets you with "Smile", a blissful folk song with super pop sensibility that will catch you in a feverish rap of cathartic foot stompin' and head boppin' to the tune of Elkus' enlightening words on how to be happy. The page turns in a shocking manner to the upbeat gypsy folkin' single (track 3) "Oh, The Places We Will Go", an inspirational tale of wanderlust and the strange thing's you'll experience when you open your mind to the unknown. You are constantly met with unpredictable feel changes that keep your ears tuned and toes tipped. "Souls" is a pithy, hard-hitting, and somewhat creepy track that gives an empathetic view on bugs eating you. "Gypsy Queen" is a haunting bluesy number from the perspective of a busker whose mind was stolen by a gypsy, left only with a few words to sing on repeat for eternity. The album's closer, "Welcome To The Circus" whimsically waltzes its way through the role reversal of animals taking over the circus, using their human "masters" as the attractions, a tale told in part by the narrator and the ring master. The album is glued together by candid sound bits of people Eli encountered in his travels around the states.

People People is a whirlwind of psychedelia rooted in folk tradition, exploring many styles (some within the confines of a single song), but has one unifying sound of the beautiful, chaotic, freaky, and fun likes of People Like You. "It's all about the people, hidden motives, revelation, and how strange we all are once you take a closer look and get past the monotony of life," says Elkus of the album. Produced and engineered by key-tickler Justin Sheriff (also of Cybersound Studios in Boston), People People was recorded at the band's own Red Room Studio.


released September 22, 2017

People Like You is...

Eli Elkus: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Polakow: Singer-Songwriter, Electric Guitar
Justin Sheriff: Keyboards, Accordion, Production and Engineering
Rob Littlefield: Bass
Max Elkus: Drums

With some other People Like You

Graham Duval: Percussion
Chris Foster: Fiddle
Bronco: Dog
Kul Ice George: Banter
Jackalope: Banter
Tattoo Girl: Banter
Sean Sullivan: Artwork


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People Like You Portsmouth, New Hampshire

People Like You is a freewheelin' freak folk traveling circus band that creates rifts in the fabric of space and time. Juxtaposing vaudevillian gypsy folk granola punk mischief and psychedelic alt-rock hobo jazz madness, it's music for the people, by the people, with no specific people in mind. ... more

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