I’ve heard quite a lot of nice things being said about Elephant, so when they released their second EP, Spinning Heads, I thought I’d give it a whirl. The five-piece hail from Sheffieldand formed in late 2010 from academic endeavour, and have quickly gained a reputation for their live shows.
The EP opens with ‘Our Spinning Heads’ which is a sprawling opus, musically reminiscent of In Rainbows era Radiohead. The vocals are rich and deep, the music swirls around, dark and foreboding, before descending into melancholy. It’s a very mature piece of song-writing for a band in relative infancy. The second track, ‘Unheed’, cavorts with a jazz infusion, and here the gravely quality of the vocals are more apparent. Halfway through the song, guitar kicks in, taking the lead before stepping aside as the music subsides and goes a bit Pink Floyd.
The third track, ‘Lucky Ones’ is perhaps simultaneously the most conventional and weakest track. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it pales in comparison to the first two songs. We end with ‘Anchored’, which is a quieter, more experimental piece, a fitting finale.
As a whole, it’s a very impressive piece of work, and a definite step-up from their eponymous debut release. They are supporting Air_Castles at The Bowery on 27th January, and well worth checking out.