Daily Archives: April 28, 2011
“We’re only made of sky
And it’s true.”
Rarely are we aware of when our treasured groove-prowess’s roots first began to take form below the surface of their refined and now established image. Such is the case with the Elephant 6, a collective who have birthed, killed, and resurrected several distinguished sounds such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Apples in the Stereo. But a much more important sound was concocted when Elephant 6 released their singular, most-beautiful-fucking-thing-ever, under “Circulatory System”—a collection that, at first, rarely caught the attention of their glassy-eyed, cult-like following. The band’s eight year sabbatical following the album’s release in 2001 left the Collective’s followers with a breach of trust, as the sounds coming from Elephant’s close relatives didn’t seem to measure up to the biblical seduction heard earlier. Fortunately, the band was reborn with a collection in 2009 and last year—sounds which use a lot of the technique heard in their S/T (along with remixes), but with a careful push forward.
It begins to make sense how an energy like Circulatory System’s needed to disperse into groups like Of Montreal and the like, though the pureness that pervades their first release seems to make everything following irrelevant. It’s just all there.
Circulatory System – Joy: