Vulnerability and carnal desire go head-to-head on Elise Davis’ The Token (Make The Kill Records & Thirty Tigers).
Story and storyteller are one and the same. “I really can’t express my vulnerable feelings – especially towards men I've had feelings about over the years,” Elise confesses, “But, I have no trouble writing down painfully honest lyrics about it.”
The Token puts a microscope on the southern dynamic between the sexes, and the Little Rock, AR native’s inner turmoil, founded on her life’s trajectory against a more traditional path. Elation and ache play a tug-of-war.
The album was produced by Sam Kassirer of Josh Ritter's band (who has also produced Ritter, Langhorne Slim, Lake Street Dive etc). It also features a great band with Josh Kaufman (Aaron & Brice Dessner of The National's collaborator for Day Of The Dead) on guitar, Bradley Cook (Sharon Van Etten) on bass, and Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger) on drums.
The Token is a rare piece of art born of risk and actually sounding like a risk that paid off. Elise Davis is putting her human condition in the forefront for all to hear; The Token delivers an unrelenting living contradiction, one born of her past while wrestling with the present.
The Token received coverage in Noisey, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Country, The Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, BULLETT, Elmore Magazine (95/100) and many more.
"...proof that women are only really permitted to be angry or in love if they want to make it big in the industry. Instead, Davis writes songs about being in love, losing love, wanting and being wanted, and sometimes just wanting something casual." - Noisey/Vice Top Albums List of 2016
"Sounds like: Saturday night turning into a kiss-and-run Sunday morning, as sung by a suicide-blonde honkey tonk angel." - Rolling Stone
"Davis' style leads listeners through relational crises of the modern female." - Nashville Lifestyles
"A rich and highly personal sonic tapestry focusing on her path to the present, The Token is at the same time a steady rocking (“Benefits”), passionate (“The Token”) and honest (“Pretty Girl”) are bound to make an impression." - TIDAL Rising Editorial Feature