Indie outfit Elephant Castle perfectly captures the challenges of self discovery and acceptance on their new single ‘In Circles’. On the track Elephant Castle, the retro-indie rock project from Los Angeles-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and former Foster the People touring member Phil Danyew, embraces “the ordinary yet complex struggle to embrace who I really am”. The artist encourages listeners to explore that struggle enjoyably, creating an honest, multi-layered musical experience that makes you want to dance.
‘In Circles’ strength is its creative sonic profile. This Elephant Castle track swirls, shifting timbres and changing chords when it suits. The bouncing organ riff that starts the song makes it seem that it could go anywhere and lends to an electric feel throughout. Danyew’s smooth tenor voice flows, backed by echoed vocals and groovy guitar, bass, and drum parts that take listeners in waves – letting them experience the ups and downs of attempting to embrace the Self. Fans of psychedelic and indie rock artists like Tame Impala and Temples will feel at home with this groovy, wavy single.
Words by Tunika Onnekikami