Gig Alert: Elizabeth and The Catapult

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Elizabeth and The Catapult
"Thank You For Nothing"
Playing Wednesday night at Mercury Lounge
(217 E. Houston St., East Village)
Get: Tickets ($10) | Directions

The graceful indie-pop of Elizabeth and The Catapult has come a long way since the band's chipper 2009 debut Taller Children. It has shed two members and lost label-backing, but the band led by Brooklyn singer-songwriter and keyboardist Elizabeth Ziman seems as plucky as ever and, more importantly, determined to continue digging deeper into its kaleidoscopic baroque-pop.

(When Ziman informed us of the label drop, she added in the very next sentence, "I'm making an album with one of my fave artists/producers this spring," singer-songwriter Richard Swift.)

Elizabeth and The Catapult's last release, The Other Side of Zero, saw the then-duo begin to delve beneath its breezy jazz, folk and country-tinged melodies through moodier compositions and ruminative lyricism inspired by musician Leonard Cohen’s poetry collection, "Book of Longing."

Download the wistful ballad “Thank You For Nothing” from the band's 2010 sophomore effort above. And below, watch the adorable stop-motion video for the catchy song “Perfectly Perfect." 

Elizabeth and The Catapult (featuring guest musicians guitarist Jay Barclay, bassist Chris Cubeta and drummer Brian Wolfe) performs at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night.