01. Make Up
On their full-length debut, "Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid", Elefant
prove that not only are they worthy of carrying the musical torch first lit
by stalwarts like Television and Talking Heads, but furthering it as well.
Although there are plenty of post-punk-approved dissonance and jagged guitar
stabs, guitarist Mod is masterful at tempering them with a sonic mean streak
that the genre typically eschews. From the opening Make Up, the mock 80s tone
is set with a bass (reminiscent of The Sound's Graham
Bailey) and hi-hat riff and the opening line "You finally take your makeup
Morrissey has finally been matched with the disassociated melancholy of Diego
a delivery that is at once smooth and arresting. "Now That I Miss Her" revels
in it's backbeat accented with both softer moments and one of the best guitar
chord stabs in recent memory. Too many great catchy songs to mention here pass
before the album finally rests on "Ester", a beautiful sentiment to a love
lost. Over a lightly percussive
chiming band, the narrative is so clear that the listener wishes they could
meet this couple, especially the wonderful title character.
Though rock references can be made to many 80s bands, New York New Wave acts,
and even the greats of today comparisons to this band do not
do anyone justice. Elefant is an original referencing the past but firmly putting
their own impressive stamp on the rock sound with awesome songs, great guitars,
solid backing and seductive vocals. Highly recommended.
Influences / Similar Artists:
The Sound, The Smiths, Interpol, Longwave, The Stills