Tasha and Justin Golden
first met at college in Cincinnati, where their initial attempts to play music
together were nothing more than casual experiments. They soon began their musical
journey as Diving the Plunder at a number of local venues. Soon after,
the two got married and spent many weekends traveling, writing, and performing
music while dedicating their weekdays to studying and finishing up school. During
their senior year at college, Tasha and Justin recorded their very first album,
which was originally intended to be just for a few friends. To their surprise,
the number of requests poured in within a few weeks and the duo found themselves
making more home copies that they could possibly handle. So, they decided to professionally
master and properly manufacture the album.
The duos first
full-length album, The Ordinary, was released in 2003, followed by a string of
sold-out shows in Cincinnati. While staying close to the alternative folk sound,
the two decided to take more risks and experiment with different styles of songwriting
in reflecting their musical moods as well as their personal lives and experiences.
The result was a hybrid of their soulful and infectious sound, for which their
fans had come to know them, and a more mature indie-pop sound with deep lyrical
craftsmanship. And in that time and space Ellery was born!
Working with Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, David Wilcox) in 2005, Ellery went
on to released their EP, Make Your Troubles Mine, which received considerable
attention from both local and national media. They soon headed back to the studio
and record five more tracks with Hordinski for their second full-length album,
Lying Awake (Virt Records, 2006).
Tasha Goldens mesmerizing vocals add a new dimension to the indie-pop sensibilities
that Ellery has recreated through their dreamy and emotion-filled orchestration.
Lying Awake is intimate and sensitive to all those feelings of love, lost, confusion
and loneliness but its intimacy with nostalgic moments is mixed with a new-found
understanding of who we really are.