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Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist
Shane Clarke has, of late, taken a turn from the quiet
looping soloist into a full band foray. Showcasing a dynamic
retelling of the debut album and more that can get a little
to a lot louder than what Elephant listeners might be
used to while still retaining the nuance and intimacy
of the solo set.
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 and
slots at most of the country's top festivals including
Electric Picnic and Body & Soul, Indiependence and
two trips to Dingles Other Voices.
On the back of his critically lauded debut album "HyperGiant",
Shane is working hard on the follow-up. Check out singles
Waiting Game and Mirrors for a taste of what's to come,
both singles named the "Irish Times Song of the Week"