Elephante has undergone an evolution. It started with plucky, trickling and euphoric melodies in tracks such as I Want You (feat. Rumors) and Age of Innocence (feat. Trouze and Damon Sharpe). Now, in the DJ’s debut EP, I am the Elephante, we hear the music take a more reflective turn, in a refreshing blend of old and new styles.
Already, fans have had a preview of what I Am the Elephante would sound like. Closer (feat. Bishop) hinted at a more vibrant and emotive EP, whilst Catching On (feat. Nevve) and Hold (feat. Jessica Jarell) showcased a edgy and slightly tropical feel. As hype for the release increased over the past few weeks, it was clear that the EP would be unique and diverse.
Nestled in-between the louder, pulsing tracks, we hear a more emotional feel in the form of Plans (feat. Brandyn Burnette). With a funky guitar riff, it’s a simplistic style similar to Robin Schulz which emphasises the vocalist’s voice, whilst allowing the DJ to add the occasional flare here and there. The same goes for Dynasty, which, although it’s more electronic in nature, definitely stands out amongst the other songs on the EP as a track which starts off calm before descending into a pulsing dance track.
As well as these calmer moments, there’s more anthemic songs on the EP. These all demonstrate Elephante’s new style, whilst maintaining individuality. Sirens (feat. Nevve) has a heavy beat at its core alongside a fluttering synth melody. The bouncy drum groove introducing each verse is unusual, but interesting.
Much like Sirens, Goliath (feat. Jody Brock) – although wonderfully soulful and atmospheric – has a darker bass undertone which really does hint at borderline dubstep style which is continuing to appear in Elephante’s music. Throughout the EP, the DJ makes use of a scratching snare as a beat drop or build (in tracks such as Catching On and Hold, for example) – a motif which may form part of Elephante’s new style in future releases.
However, if there’s one track which strongly emphasises the artist’s new direction, it’s Black Ivory. Free from the restraint that comes with a song with a vocalist, the eighth track on the EP allows Elephante to demonstrate his talents through haunting piano chords and a bouncy drum beat. As the only track on the album without vocals, it really is a chance for the DJ to show a different side of his music, and it fits within the track list perfectly.
Whilst Black Ivory hints at the future, Shake the Earth (feat. Lyon Hart) does the opposite. Released in 2014, it’s a reminder of the musician’s past – with a more hazy synth tune as opposed to the more hardcore, rough style we hear in tracks such as Catching On and Black Ivory. As the final track on the EP, Shake the Earth continues the reflective feel, both for the listener and Elephante, as the DJ takes his music in a new and exciting direction.
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