2. MY EYES
3. FROG SONG
4. FIND A WAY
Shortly after having the honour of playing Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards earlier this year and enjoying critical acclaim in the blogosphere from her debut EP Gold Fishes (which you can still buy HERE), Elan Tamara retreated to a studio in the middle of Kent to record her 2nd offering, the 'Shadows EP'.
Elan's unique postmodern pop takes another turn, and with the addition of her band The Bakery, 'Shadows' reveals itself to be a lot more propulsive and direct, whilst no less melodic, inviting repeated listens. It kicks off with the hypnotic piano and heavy reversed drums driven opener 'Tubes', which loosely sits somewhere between Steve Reich, Bat For Lashes, Indonesian gamelan music & 60s Baroque Pop, completely refreshed and updated. The tropical 'My Eyes' & the refreshing 'Frog Song' display Elan's knack for writing uplifting songs with memorable hooks, without compromise. The closer of the majestic 'Find A Way' sees Elan spar with the atmosphere created by herself, the band and producer Kwes, with a hugely satisfying buildup and resolve.
Elan Tamara's first release on Kwes' label BOKKLE. marks an artist who is hitting her stride and will continue to push boundaries however hard and softly she feels.
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