"Elephants at the Door" is a mighty impressive album, especially considering that's it's the work of just one man (with the occasional guest vocals from his girlfirend). That man is an Italian guy with a cool mustache. And that's all I really know about him. His girlfriend looks pretty cute too though. Google that shit.
Remember a few months ago when those wikileaks cables came out and everyone was shitting their pants? And remember those leaks about Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his private sex parties with his voluptous blondes at his country mansion? Well I bring this up because parts of this album sound like the perfect sountrack to a Silvio Berlusconi sex part-slick, layered and smoooth. Either that or some sort of high-class, erotic coctail party.
"Elephants at the Doors" is what RYM calls "neo-psychedelic", and this seems like a pretty apt label. The album is full of shiny, lush, funky pyschedilia that still manages to sound modern. Like an "Elephants at the Gates of Dawn" almost. It even has, to my ears, Dream Pop elements in parts (for instance, on "Marmelade" and "Electic Pawn").
"Harmony" sounds like a porno versio of "Winter Wonderland" mixed with mgmt. That's a good thing btw.
"Plummy Tale" is a standout. I don't know what to say. Youtube that shit. Wear headphones though, cuz that bass man. Makes me feel like i'm cruising on a submarine.
Earlier I reviewed the album "Native Speaker" by Braids, which I liked, but felt there was something missing. I feel like "Elephants" is what "Native Speaker" could have been. "Native Speaker" was full of gloss that just sort of bounced around and then on top of that were these sort of contemplative, "what is life maaan lyrics?". Like an angry, acned teenager having fun at the beach. But whereas "Native Speaker" just bounced around, "Elephants" submerges you and goes straight for the heart. The chorus on "Plummy" for instance is just "la la la la" but that's all it needs.
"Elephants" is like a less gay MGMT, now that i think about it.
Also, now that i think about it, I should rewrite this review sometime.