Everyone knows too nicely what quarantine appears to be like and looks like. However what does it sound like?
Elephante makes an attempt to reply this query along with his newest album, Heavy Glow, launched October twentieth through Zoo Music/88Rising. The recorrd’s 10 tracks play like an epic, with emotion oozing from each chord. Intricately aligned preparations sign to Elephante’s classical music coaching, whereas his personal daring vocals tie collectively three acts of songs that purposefully push the boundaries of the album’s aural cohesion.
The triumphant opening chords of “Break” (with Tiina), for instance, are effervescent, paired with sturdy sonics and Tiina’s delicate vocals. Its sonics present sharp distinction to “Down This Highway,” an anthemic melodic bass ballad that takes a web page out of ILLENIUM’s rock-minded playbook.
“Working,” an electrifying mix of future bass and melodic dubstep, proves to be the album’s standout. A euphoric dance drop provides welcome selection to Heavy Glow, particularly when bookended by slower, extra introspective tracks. Synths splinter like diamonds alongside closely weighted bass beats and large, resonating drums.
Later, “Prism” (with Dresage) slows issues down with electrical guitar plucks and atmospheric vocals, whereas Heavy Glow nearer “Gentle On” rings with optimism and brightly oscillating synths. It pulls its lyrics from Maggie Rogers’ landmark 2018 single of the identical identify.
Whereas the altering tones of Heavy Glow are considerably disorienting at occasions, they solely serve to drill in Elephante’s overarching thesis: the emotional turbulence of the pandemic and the sense of self he found by the expertise.
“Heavy Glow turned a metaphor for the a part of you that shines by within the nighttime, and could be laborious for different individuals to actually see,” Elephante mentioned in a press launch. “[At the end], we settle for that occasions are nonetheless robust and we’ll by no means fairly be the identical, however we are able to carry somewhat mild of hope with us, optimistic that we are able to get by this.”
You will discover Heavy Glow on streaming platforms right here.