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New Eels album completes trilogy on happy note

of the Oakland Press

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The Eels’ latest album, “Tomorrow Morning,” finishes a trilogy that Mark Oliver “E” Everett began with 2009’s “Hombre Lobo” and continued earlier this year with “End Times.” They’re “three albums about three human emotions,” E says, and it was important to him to end on a high note.

“As I was making each (album) it was coinciding with things in my life that made it easy for me to really dive in,” explains the Virginia-born E, 47, who started Eels in 1995 in Los Feliz, Calif. “I was getting to the point where I started to look around and see all the good things about my life and in my life. I realized it was time to start appreciating some things that needed to be appreciated.”

And while there was certainly some darkness on the other two albums, E adds that “I think any hardships that I have gone through have helped to make it really possible for me to appreciate those good things.”

“Tomorrow Morning” also differs from its two predecessors — and the entire Eels catalog, for that matter — with its electronic sound, including a healthy dose of synthesizers and drum machines.

“I’ve been wanting to do an electronic-sounding album for a while,” says E, whose father is famed physicist Hugh Everett III. “Too often those instruments are used in that Eurodisc kind of way, which has a beat but just doesn’t move me.

“I think we found a way to warm up these instruments that are normally associated with cold kind of music — which is to think happy thought while you play them. If you play them on a happier song, they pick up the feeling and the spirit and they don’t sound so cold anymore. So I wanted to dabble in that direction, and it seems to have worked.”

The Eels perform Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com

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