Elephant Sessions release digital single for World Elephant Day

Tyagarah

Elephant Sessions and Word Elephant Day release a single to raise funds for the charity on August 9th 2019.

The band from the Highlands of Scotland are famed for their unique brand of indie folk and have won Best Album and Best Live Act at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards, in the past two years. Having traversed the globe over the past twenty odd months, they were keen to work with the World Elephant Day charity whose aim is to support the conservation of elephants in Asia and Africa. Bringing together some of the world’s leading elephant and conservation charities the day, which was originally, established in 2012, takes place on August 12th.

Alistair Taylor, from the band, says: “Over the past couple of years as a band, we have donated money to the cause, so it’s great to actually team up with World Elephant Day and release this single to help support elephants around the globe. We chose ‘Tyagarah’ from our latest album, (What Makes You) which we wrote after the first time we had played the beautiful site of Bluesfest in Byron Bay Australia. It’s got a world music kind of sound that we felt was a perfect fit for a single for this special day”

Footage from the award-winning feature documentary film When Elephants Were Young produced and directed by World Elephant Day Co-Founder Patricia Sims and co-film maker Michael Clark, has been edited by Michael, into a video, to accompany the track and will be available on 9th of August.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Elephant Sessions for the creation of the ‘Tyagarah’ video in support of World Elephant Day.  Elephant Sessions is demonstrating their commitment to elephant conservation by donating the proceeds from the sales of their single ‘Tyagarah’ to World Elephant Day and our work of bringing awareness to the critical need to save elephants from the threats they are facing worldwide”, says Patricia Sims, the Founder and Executive Director of World Elephant Day. 

The digital single will be available world-wide from August 9th and can be bought online from i-tunes, Amazon and other stores.

Artists’ website: www.elephantsessions.com

‘Tyagarah’:

For more on World Elephant Day visit www.worldelephantday.org

ELEPHANT SESSIONS – What Makes You (Elephant Sessions)

What Makes YouSince the release of their last album, 2017’s All We Have Is Now, the five young Highlanders who are Elephant Sessions have toured around the world, garnering numerous awards and journalistic plaudits, and even had a pale ale named after them by Belhaven Brewery. So it’s a wonder they’ve managed to find the time to step back into the studios and lay down another fine album, What Makes You.

What Makes You sums up where the band is at, making the music they feel represents them, their experiences and musical interests. It’s such a tight fusion of many different influences including acid jazz, rock, funk and electro beats that it’s pointless trying to unpick it all – and it’s still all layered round that inescapably Scottish traditional heart.

If Euan Smillie’s fiddle and Alasdair Taylor’s mandolin embody tradition on the front line, writhing and tumbling around rhythmic, melodic and tempo variations, Mark Bruce ably throws rock shapes on guitar. Seth Tinsley parries with a full-funk bassline plus electronica, while Greg Barry’s sensitive percussion lends light and shade to the whole sonic picture.

The simple, mantra-like melody of the atmospheric ‘Intro’ segues into ‘What Makes You’ where it gets tossed lightly around in a swirl of variations – and it’s the fluid ease of this, as well as the skilful use of layering, that makes Elephant Sessions work so well.

The mellow chimes of ‘Colours’ slide in softly, before swishy percussion and driving guitar kick in, over which the fiddle soars and winds, counterpointed by an angular mandolin. ‘Search Party’ wakes up rocking, its jagged, flickering guitar giving the impression of sirens and flashing lights, while mandolin and bass riffs suggest a funky distant cousin of Another One Bites The Dust.

‘Loft Crofter’ sets a wriggly fiddle and mandolin over bright, jagged funk and a brittle snap track. Meanwhile, at ‘Tyagarah’ (named after the site of Australian Bluesfest where Elephant Sessions have twice played) there’s a more sinister, dry, insect-like clicking that evolves into a bubbling popcorn beat as the front line once more tangles and slides away.

The bare-arsed funk workout of ‘We Out Here Now’ is an instant party groove, so the quiet start of ‘Riverview Part 1’ comes in like the morning-after, its melancholy fiddle soaring over moody brass. Mirroring the start of the album, this penultimate track launches straight into its upbeat counterpart, ‘Riverview Part 2’, an electro-driven, acid-jazz folk tune with big blasts of brass like a ship leaving harbour.

As a band whose reputation is fast being cemented on their joyous live performances, that live energy was something they wanted to capture on this album. If success could be measured in the momentary surprise at the absence of an outburst of applause after each track, then What Makes You is a runaway success.

Su O’Brien

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Elephant Sessions – new album

Elephant Sessions

Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation.

Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions are set to release their new album What Makes You on May 10th 2019.

Exploding onto the indie folk scene to unparalleled effect with their last album All We Have Is Now, the band have since appeared at some of the world’s most notable venues and festivals with audiences crowd surfing their way through the summer and marquee floors breaking under the weight of bouncing fans.

The Mercury nominated Alt-J, along with BBC Radio 6, found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of indie folk. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine sat alongside folk magazine coverage. Radio features accompanied documentaries and highlights shows on television stations.

Charting in the French download charts and selling bucket loads across Europe, All We Have Is Now firmly established this band as completely unique.

What Makes You promises to build on this success and sees the front line of mandolin and fiddle pushing their limits further, matching the percussive rhythm of drums, bass and guitar, whilst fusing with electronic dance beats. This is traditional music turned on its head, a re-invention of expectation, a brand new sound. It’s exciting.

What Makes You is a musical progression of the journey the band have been on since the last album” said mandolin player Alasdair Taylor. “We feel like our sound has matured and we’re playing and writing the music that we really want to be playing. Writing and performing the music from this new album has been so much fun so far and we can’t wait to release it for everyone to hear.”

2018 saw awards in abundance. Opening the year as winners of Album of the Year at the BBC Scotland Trad Awards, they went on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards. In May, Belhaven Brewery got together with the band to award the first ever Belhaven Bursary for innovation in music. The bursary amount matches the Mercury Music prize and was awarded in recognition of their unique and outstanding sound. It was accompanied by the bands own beer ‘Elephant Sessions Ale’, which was launched in May 2018.

In August, the band also found themselves shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year – an award covering every genre of music from indie, blues and rock to pop, folk and the individual sound that is Elephant Sessions.

Closing 2018 by picking up the coveted Live Band of the Year award (BBC Scots Trad Awards) the band, who met on the Newcastle University Folk Degree, are set to do no less with What Makes You. They have transformed traditional music and opened 2019 with performances across Europe. In April they head over to the US to play at the Belhaven Brew celebrations at Tartan Week in New York, before appearing at Bluesfest in Australia as part of the 30th anniversary line up. Making a debut at Merlefest in the US on the way back to the UK the band begin their album tour in May.

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