Elephant are a lo-fi music loving pair whose work harks back to the heyday of bedroom pop, both in the technical and literal harking sense. Last year saw much rejoicing as the London couple, Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck, reunited after heavy differences to continue their musical journey to a time where French hip-hop keys ruled the world. Now delivering the debut album we almost missed, Sky Swimming has no shortage of candidates for comparison, yet it’s a distinctive record that always welcomes you back with a variety of moods to suit.
The first track “Assembly” might satisfy those drawn in by nods tipping the hat towards Tennis and Summer Camp, but it makes a sizable noise in the crowd with percussion that perfects an eerie keyboard and atmospheric riff. The varying vocal melodies and speedy arrangements on “Allured”, “Shipwrecked” and acoustic wonderment on “Golden” meanwhile, suggest that the same experimental nature that churned out for their first EP with a £10 Casio was kept much intact for Sky Swimming’s recording process, though an overall crisp production effort keeps everything a more concerted effort.
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