ELEPHANT announces brand new single: “WAITING GAME” OUT MAY 12TH
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Having made a folk album the first time round, ‘HyperGiant’, Elephant sheds his skin and moves on towards a new prowess of sound on his new album (Title TBC) set to be released in the Summer of 2017. Heavily influenced by two of his favourite artists who have recently passed, David Bowie and Prince, it is his personal dedication to them, synth bells and saxophones in toll. If HyperGiant was a coming of age folk album then this new album is his “breakup record”. A departure from the quiet vistas of the acoustic and entering a busier, sweatier suburb full of wannabe actors and sweatband solos.
‘Waiting Game’ is a song about that very thing; moving on, and in its case, making a mountain out of it. Have you ever been stuck? You know exactly where you want to go and what you’re going to do when you get there but you just can’t figure out your first step…if you could only make that first step, momentum would get you the rest of the way. “I decided to step outside my comfort zone and make the album I really want to make. Waiting Game is my first step”. – Shane Clarke, aka Elephant.
Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke has three variations; playing the same set but with different musical and vocal arrangements, making for intriguing live shows. Elephant may be a soloist looping effected guitars and vocals to create lush, layered music. A duo, offering intimate acoustic guitar, piano and synthesizer, tied with colourful melody and harmonies. Or the newest venture, Elephant as a full band. The full band line-up includes Paul Finn, Paul Mallon and Paul Carolan of The Flaws and Shane O Hanrahan of Norabelle. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say…Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom.
Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him performances with Martha Wainwright, Alexis Taylor, Lisa Hannigan, most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic, Independence and Body & Soul and return trips to the Other Voices Music Trail in Dingle.
On the back of his critically lauded debut album “HyperGiant”, Shane is working on the follow-up, expected summer 2017. ‘Waiting Game’ is the first track from the new album and is released May 12th.