ELEPHANT SESSIONS – All We Have Is Now (Elephant Sessions CDTES02)

All We Have Is NowThis CD, All We Have Is Now, recently released by Elephant Sessions has nine exceptional tracks. Each one is a masterpiece of arrangements and instrumental skills. Many of the tracks are over five minutes long and should be described as ‘productions’. However, I find it difficult to place their music. I don’t know if you need to, but I am afraid music does fall into categories. I am aware that Elephant Sessions play at folk festivals but the heavy drum accompaniment and jazz like arrangements do not fit into the folk world I love. Some of the tracks could be described as ‘drummer’ with musical accompaniment.

When I first listened to All We Have Is Now, I had lost interest by the time I had reached the fourth track. I then listened to the CD many times but only a few tracks at a time. The production of each track varies considerably from any others on the CD and as I said earlier, is brilliant. I love each track but I will never listen to the full CD in one hit.

I am struggling to fairly assess the album because it is obviously very good but it is a bit overpowering. The cover is, in my opinion, very poor. It gives us absolutely no information about the reasoning or the origins of each track. It is in black and white with a collage of photographs of very little interest to anybody.

Elephant Sessions fans will love this. The heavy drumming will delight young festival goers but out and out folkies will struggle with it. Still, it is a top-quality production and will, I am sure, do very well.

Fraser Bruce

Artists’ website: http://elephantsessions.com/

‘Wet Field Day’ – official video:

New album from Elephant Sessions out next month

Elephant Sessions

All We Have Is Now is the eagerly anticipated second album from award winning Highland neo-trad quintet, Elephant Sessions.

Their debut album, The Elusive Highland Beauty, received widespread critical acclaim propelling the band from their roots in a highland shed to winners of the MG Alba Scots Trad ‘Up and Coming Act of the Year’ 2014, nominees of the ‘Live Act of the Year’ 2016 and a multitude of UK and international festival appearances.

Their music draws upon influences from their highland traditional roots as well as electronic, rock and funk to create a sound that is truly unique.

All We Have Is Now pushes this sound further, giving the music an infinitely more dark and brooding maturity, whilst still maintaining the raw excitement of the visceral live shows the band have become both loved and renowned for.

This record is a statement of what traditional music can be and where it is going, pushing the boundaries of instrumental music through their intricate self penned tunes and a groove dominated backline.

Elephant Sessions will be touring the UK and Europe during the summer months and Australia, Canada and the USA in 2018.

Artists’ website: www.elephantsessions.com

Teaser trailer for the new album: