Ansel is a contemporary rock group formed by frontman Evan Clayburn at the Berklee school of music in Boston. Evan is flat out a singer, and although many people may go ahead and classify their work in a genre I really see them as a dynamic group that supports a great vocal front that is entirely natural and harmonically in tune. If you are looking for an indie rock act that features great vocal work simply put this is your group
With their first full length release Space Cadet Shipwreck the original group self produced and showcased a great setting for Evan's songwriting to blossom. Truly this is a complete work and simply a marvel in the world of self production. It is available at most major online vendors including bandcamp.
I am writing this blog in great anticipation of their second full length release, this time one a little more major if you will. After reforming the group in LA Evan has really gone all out with instrumentations, dynamics, harmony, counterpoint and various other elements that went in to a full blown studio recording of the soon to be released Tree Party. You can sample "Simpleton Chambers" right now on bandcamp http://ansel.bandcamp.com/
and be sure to have a look at the video for the single "Vanity Fairground" shot in the same studio they recorded the album in:
The date is not official but I can say with confidence soon, check out the links I'll update you as I know more