12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The U.K. duo of Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck lurk in the land where ‘60s girl-group pop meets a gothic end. Like any number of musical ensembles that feature heavily reverbed female vocals and dreamlike instrumentation, Elephant seek to replicate that aching twinge of nostalgia that comes with imagining the past as being so far away it hurts. Rivas’ voice is well-suited for the task, and the duo’s decision to move beyond their lo-fi start is as inevitable as it is necessary. “Allured” captures the feeling they’re looking for without harming their sound. “Elusive Youth” nails the modernized '60s pop sound they desire without the pained lethargy of Lana Del Rey. Speaking of whom, “Shipwrecked” takes on a deliberately Del Rey–like catatonic vibe for a David Lynch–style experience where dreams and reality warp together as one. “Come to Me” adds a solid backbeat that’s deliberately missing throughout most of the album; it's a welcomed moment of convention, even if Elephant know they can’t get too dependent on it without losing their quirky sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The U.K. duo of Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck lurk in the land where ‘60s girl-group pop meets a gothic end. Like any number of musical ensembles that feature heavily reverbed female vocals and dreamlike instrumentation, Elephant seek to replicate that aching twinge of nostalgia that comes with imagining the past as being so far away it hurts. Rivas’ voice is well-suited for the task, and the duo’s decision to move beyond their lo-fi start is as inevitable as it is necessary. “Allured” captures the feeling they’re looking for without harming their sound. “Elusive Youth” nails the modernized '60s pop sound they desire without the pained lethargy of Lana Del Rey. Speaking of whom, “Shipwrecked” takes on a deliberately Del Rey–like catatonic vibe for a David Lynch–style experience where dreams and reality warp together as one. “Come to Me” adds a solid backbeat that’s deliberately missing throughout most of the album; it's a welcomed moment of convention, even if Elephant know they can’t get too dependent on it without losing their quirky sound.

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About Elephant

London's ethereal pop duo Elephant features Pontrefact, France native Amelia Rivas and Bristol, England-born Christian Pinchbeck. After meeting at a house party in 2010, the pair began working music together, drawing inspiration from Toro y Moi, Angelo Badalamenti, Joe Meek, Arrested Development, and Rivas' cheap Casio keyboard. They also embarked on a relationship, the end of which also provided fodder for the songs they were writing. Elephant made their debut in 2011 with a string of singles on Memphis Industries, including Ants, Allured/Actors, and Assembly. They returned in 2013 with another pair of singles, Skyscraper and Shapeshifter. When it was time to record their debut album, the duo recruited producer Andy Dragazis. The results, Sky Swimming, arrived in April 2014, shortly after the release of the Elusive Youth single. ~ Heather Phares

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