Elliott Smith has been a patron saint of the indie scene since his days helming Portland heroes Heatmiser. As a solo artist, Smith led a revolution of home 4-trackers, from Beck to Cat Power, out of the bedroom and into the studio, where Smith's fondness for Beatlesque melody led to some of the most beautifully orchestrated pop of the last decade. His mysterious death at age 34 in 2003 in Los Angeles came as he was working on his sixth studio album.
From A Basement On The Hill is Smith's final recording and finds Smith returning to an edgier, guitar-driven sound, alongside his trademark heart-rending balladry. All songs were played live by Elliott at various times in his career..From a Basement on the Hill was originally released on October 19, 2004 on ANTIRecords and is now proudly re-issued by Kill Rock Stars — now home of all of Elliott's indie releases.
Elliott's family hired producer Rob Schanpf (Either/Or, XO, Figure 8) and Joanna Bolme to mix and produce the album. Recorded at New Monkey Studio, Satellite Park, Audobahn Recording, Sunset Sound, Cherokee Recording, Fort Apache, Two Beers & Everybody Sings, Chateau Brion, and Elliott's homes in Portland and Los Angeles.
Additional recording by Fritz Michaud, Jon Brion, Tom Biller, Matthew Ellard, Andrew Beckman, Chris Chandler, Ryan Castle, David Mcconnell, Dee Robb, Valente Torres and Pete Magdaleno.