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ALBUM REVIEW: Elephant Sessions - What Makes You

This is a very lively – and very different album from a unique band.

The group, Elephant Sessions, hail from the Highlands of Scotland and here have fused together the sound of folk with indie in a transcendent manner.

Elephant Sessions. Their album What Makes You is out now. Image supplied by Pomona PR. (11000076)
Elephant Sessions. Their album What Makes You is out now. Image supplied by Pomona PR. (11000076)

You’ll hear mandolin and fiddle matching the percussive rhythm of drums, bass and guitar, to a backdrop of electronic dance beats.

There is even a smattering of blues, such as in track four – ‘Search Party.’

I have to say, I liked it; but this being my first introduction to Elephant Sessions, I was wondering when the vocals would kick on.

It is, however, an entirely instrumental album. It feels progressive, but I kept feeling it would progress to include vocals. If your mind is open to listening to the instruments alone though, then you’ll understand why the band has already won awards for their innovation.

Mandolin player Alasdair Taylor said: “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. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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