The posthumously-released ‘From A Basement On The Hill’ is Elliott Smith’s boldest record. Arriving in the shadow of his death, the album glows with life.
Moving closer to the mainstream with ‘XO’, Elliott Smith reveled in all he could master while making his deeply personal songs resonate even further.
The best Elliott Smith songs reflect his ability to wring beauty out of life’s traumas. Even during his short lifetime, his prolific output still endures.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
Elliott Smith’s self-titled album remains both a comforting and disquieting piece of art and an essential statement from an acknowledged genius.
Intimate and spontaneous, ‘Roman Candle’ laid bare the threads of Elliott Smith’s songwriting, acting as a prelude to his career.
The song outdid the A-side, 'Why Should We Try Anymore,' on the country charts.
From grunge to indie rock, shoegaze to electronica, the best 90s alternative songs represent the eclectic spirit of the decade.
The final album Elliott Smith completed in his lifetime, ‘Figure 8’ saw the formerly lo-fi songwriter go pop, to dazzling effect.
Either/Or stands as a devastatingly beautiful record and widely regarded as Elliot Smith’s best work.
Unlike most other eras, the notion of 90s music is hard to pin down. Oddball and eclectic, the decade defies easy categorisation, but it’s this cross-pollination of sounds that left a boundary-breaking...
With the right song, at the right moment, great film soundtracks can sear a cinematic moment into your mind forever. Here are just a few of our favorites.
From a 50s-era guitar pioneer to 70s post-punk heroes of Britain's DIY scene, here are just a few musicians who embodied the DIY music ethos.
Larry Crane, producer, engineer and Elliott Smith’s official archivist, reflects on the singer-songwriter’s early recordings.
Former music photographer and close friend of Elliott Smith, JJ Gonson looks back on her time in the songwriter’s orbit, and on other artists she captured on camera.