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New Band of the Day: Elephant


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Elephant are Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck, a London duo with an ear for melody who play soulful and sometimes sorrowful dream pop. Like Beach House if they hung out in Shoreditch and had a morbid streak, France/Yorkshire hailing frontwoman Rivas sighs her sometimes haunting stories of love and longing over lush synth and guitar tracks.

2011’s debut EP Assembly is equal parts danceable (as on 'Assembly', despite lyrics such as ‘I’m a skeleton, the rest is numb’) and melancholy ('At Twilight') - but these are often the kind of tracks you can see coming soon to an indie-disco near you. 2011’s dreamy 'Allured' has the kind of insistent, floating refrain that can worm itself into your head and take root for days. Standout single 'Ants' is a delight of breathy 60s inspired 'wah wah's and lyrics about heartbreak over tremolo guitar and fairground-esque synth.

The pair – a trio when we saw them live – have been busy building a solid live reputation in anticipation of their debut album, due to be released this summer; most recently they’ve supported hairy folkster Matthew E White on his first sojourn to England. The duo have recently removed all material to date from their bandcamp site, making way for their new single 'Skyscraper' (available here) and upcoming album. This is a brave commitment to the new that, if 'Skyscraper' is anything to go off, should not disappoint.


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