Max Schieble, better known as Elbows, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, vocalist, and genre-bending producer raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Combining elements of old school hip hop, futuristic electronic production, and bygone jazz instrumentation, with deliberate hooks, expansive vocal harmonies, and sporadic sampling, he creates ever-changing soundscapes all filtered through a sharp pop sensibility. Some folks – Elbows included – would describe the sound as that of "time travel.”
In 2015 he released his debut single “Flowers,” which Indie Shuffle described as, “nothing less than intriguing.” A self-directed video (co-directed by New Jersey filmmaker Nnamdi Simon) followed later that year. He has performed live throughout New York, and has appeared with Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), Kendra Morris, Caged Animals, and more.
Additionally, Elbows is a multimedia artist, creating expansive narrative projects that connect across platforms such as visual art, film, and product, as well as music. In 2016 he opened his first solo exhibit, At The Bottom Of The Well, at Brooklyn’s IMAGE Gallery. The two-month installation featured large-scale canvases, screen prints, and original drawings, all displaying Schieble’s vibrantly surreal aesthetic of multi-faces, legged-furniture, and dotted limbs. An original score accompanied the exhibit.
This May Elbows will release his debut project, the Corduroy EP. After an intensive stretch of recording sessions that saw Elbows travel back and forth between San Francisco and New York, he amassed a body of work chronicling his upbringing in the foggy Bay Area. Corduroy serves as an encapsulating introduction to this larger collection, with songs shifting from dusty boom bap beats to oafish 808s, and from jazzy guitar chops to cloudy synth beds. Throughout the array of textures and tempos, Schieble’s comfortably peculiar persona emerges through witty, yet introspective lyrics, with song topics touching on self realization, relationship standoffs, and supporting family through dark times.
The Corduroy EP is due out May 19th, along with an accompanying product collection, featuring cassette tapes, a pin collaboration with New York brand, Pintrill, and more. A slew of east coast dates will take Elbows on the road throughout the summer.