El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles-based instrumental indie rock duo consisting of Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. They officially formed in 2003, but Dunn and Fogarty have been working together musically for years in bands such as The Softlightes (first American band signed to Australia’s Modular label) and The Incredible Moses Leroy.
The densely textured, atmospheric instrumental sounds of their first two full-length albums (the self-titled debut El Ten Eleven and their follow-up Every Direction Is North) have been praised alongside the work of such post-rock elite as Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai and Sigur Rós. With their third album, These Promises Are Being Videotaped, the duo took a leap in a new musical direction. "I just became obsessed with electro music,” Dunn explains. “I’d been going to a lot of DJ events and listening to music by artists like Boys Noize, Justice, and Digitalism. A lot of that music is really digital and created on computers. It was challenging for us to try to create that style of music live with real instruments and looping pedals. There aren’t many bands doing it." The end result, while in the vein of their aforementioned post-rock brethren, is more akin to the work of their contemporaries who are really pushing the dance-rock envelope such as Ratatat and Soulwax.
Added by Upcoming Robot on March 17, 2011