Elori Saxl

Elori Saxl is an American experimental electronic composer. Her debut album The Blue of Distance (released 2021 on Western Vinyl) received critical acclaim for its elegant combination of digitally-processed recordings of wind and water with the rich sounds of analog synthesizers and chamber orchestra. Half-written in the verdant Adirondack mountains of northern New York in a hot summer filled with love, ecstasy, and a feeling of promise, and half-written in the frozen Apostle Islands in Lake Superior in the dead of winter looking back at videos from the summer, The Blue of Distance effortlessly captures the gentle sorrows of nostalgia in an age of perpetual digital memory.
The album was accompanied by 4 music videos, two self-directed by Saxl and two collaborations with Canadian choreographer/dancer Emma Portner.
Her second release, the single Moss II, was released under Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s imprint Touch the Plants.
She has composed music for classical ensembles, PBS, The Guggenheim, The National Film Board of Canada, Burton, Patagonia, Google, Poler, Dove, the New Yorker, This American Life, Public Radio International, SFMOMA, and mre. Her music has been featured by Pitchfork, The New Yorker, WNYC New Sounds, BBC 3 Radio, Popmatters, Dusted, A Closer Listen, and more. She also works in film as a director and editor. Her film work has been nominated for two Emmys and been featured by the New Yorker, Vimeo Staff Picks, and festivals around the world.
She has performed around the world including recent dates opening for Colin Stetson on his 2022 North American tour, opening and performing with Emile Mosseri and Mary Lattimore in LA, Dripping Fest, WOS fest (Spain), Corsica, National Sawdust, Pubic Records, and many more.


Selected Press

More serene than Steve Reich, more textured than Philip Glass, the minimalism that arises has a distinct fingerprint: Ingram Marshall, maybe, or a less-busy Elodie Lauten. It feels like a hovering human consciousness, passing briefly overhead.

  • Pitchfork
  • Offers reminders of Brian Eno’s early ambient outings

  • Uncut
  • A haunting reflection on longing and memory, harnessing technology and nature

  • Louder Than War
  • ...perfect for decompressing.

  • The New Yorker
  • ...both distinctive and highly enjoyable...a highly immersive experience.

  • Pop Matters