Who is elison?
After 20 years of wishing, Marissa Kephart set out to make music for the first time. Using the extra space allotted to her during lockdown she found the courage to finally pick up the guitar and start taking voice lessons. “Meet Me Halfway” is the first demo she took to music teacher, multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Yoshimura (The Envy Corps, Canby) in March of this year. The two quickly understood their creative energies and influences align, and they formed Elison. Inspired by bands like Sparklehorse, Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Cat Power and Big Thief, they’ve created a sound all their own.
The two quickly understood their creative energies and influences align, and they formed Elison.
Jordon Van Zante
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the duo? You could say it’s one reason they’re a band. As the world grappled with the tragic effects of the virus, Marissa looked for a new way to process everything that was happening. Playing music had been a lifelong dream for her, and under the isolated conditions of social distancing she unexpectedly found herself ready to face that desire. She finally gave herself permission to be bad at something — to fumble around uncomfortably while finding her voice — and to learn the guitar. As for Scott, building his in-home recording studio filled the void usually taken up by social calendars and frequent performances. Just as he began inviting friends and acquaintances to work with him in his new setup, Marissa crossed his path. Thus, in March the duo joined forces and began to make something brilliant.
She finally gave herself permission to be bad at something — to fumble around uncomfortably while finding her voice