After four years of honing their sound on the international live circuit, London based prog rock and doom artisans Elephant Tree are back with their highly anticipated third album ‘Habits’. Opening on a hazy note of foreboding dread on Wake.Repeat (Intro), the band explode into life soon after and rarely let up.
Every aspect of Elephant Tree’s previously established sound has been amplified to 11 and fine tuned to perfection - The heavy, driving, groove holds a more calculated rhythmic swing counterbalanced with leads that hold a soberingly clear gentleness. This is all tied together with vocals that possess a charming hedonism to their timbre, which is sure to win over the lush in all of us.
The union of sonic density and yearning is captured wonderfully, thanks in no small part to the bands production choice of The Church Studios (U2, Nick Cave, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Adele amongst others).
Album highlights Sails, Bird and Wasted contain choruses built for big rooms and song arrangements that Billy Corgan himself would be envious of, where Fall Chorus and closer Broken Nails allow the aforementioned haze to simmer with crystalline beauty.
If the sound of Kyuss and Smashing Pumpkins partying with Hunter S. Thompson and Cult Of Luna in an arena sounds like a good time, then this is the album for you.
If there’s any justice, 2020 will be the year Elephant Tree bloom out of best kept underground secret into a household name.