Category Archives: Classics
“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:
“Say you’ll never leave us, in this company of mine”
In honor of The Dodo‘s new album, No Color (released March 15), we look backwards to their track “Red and Purple” from Visiter (2008). Logan Kroeber and Meric Long synthesize eclectic elements to create this catchy, upbeat track. Starting off with a simple, steady strumming of the guitar, this song quickly drops into an intense cacophony of percussion that falls in line under smoothly sung lyrics. The poly-rhythmic beat will draw you in and the irresistibly catchy chorus won’t let you leave this Dodo’s classic. – M.Hoff