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Album Review

Elefant frontman Diego Garcia must have memorized nearly every song by the Cure while he was growing up, because his band's debut album, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, is a shameless, abstract pop mix, a solid indie pop record heavy in new wave aesthetics. Tripping Two-Tone percussion swirls around glossy synth beats, and Garcia's Morrissey-like dark vocal softness fits his passionate, undying lyrical wishes for that perfect love. One listen to the shimmery synth waves of "Tonight Let's Dance" will reel you into Garcia's storybook imagination, which is both poetically sweet and wild. Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid isn't defenseless with its innocence either, for Mod's feverish guitar work is a great fit to Garcia's lyrical daydreams, particularly on the honeyed punk number "Make Up." A more sullen mood whirls on "Now That I Miss Her," while the title track shimmies with electronic bits for Elefant's most dramatic moment yet. Garcia's near goth-like monotone vocals are a cool move for "Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid" and its underlying melancholy; however, a lush chorus quickly shatters the humdrum. Elefant has carefully crafted an album that's not derivative of the group's garage rock counterparts. Such a task is a difficult one, but Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid brilliantly pulls it off without being overly stylish.

Customer Reviews

Great Pop music

I saw them live a couple years ago and loved them especially the song Ester. For about a month it was the only song I listened to on the album. I realized how flawed that was and listened to the rest of the album and loved all of it. Elefant generates a sound that is a unique combination of Robert Smith type vocals with a joy division type sound. I love it. Sure its Pop but its good pop, and that is something very difficult to create.

tell me your name, tell me your story...

Wow. I love this album. i listen to it over and over again. it is so beautiful, just like Diego. Wow. he is so good-looking. and his lyrics are so poetic, you feel as if he wrote them about you. It is so imaginative and dreamlike, as if you are living in a world where nobody will judge you and where everything is loved. aaaah, this album is so good. that was cheesy. but it is THAT good.

Ummm..its rocks!

This is an awesome album- with fun tunes, great lyrics and just overall a happy feel. Each song brings its own good stuff and its the kind of album that you can listen to over and over again. Wish they would come out with more!

Biography

Formed: 2002 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Led by frontman Diego Garcia, Elefant played a small role in the stylish, '80s-influenced indie rock scene that swept through New York City during the early 2000s. The band released two albums during its time together, mining a mix of '80s British indie rock and new wave on its debut album, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, and emphasizing dance grooves on the follow-up record, Black Magic Show. Elefant eventually called it quits in 2010, with Garcia choosing to pursue a solo career after the split. ...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Indie Rock
  • Released: Apr 08, 2003

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