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We had a chat with LA singer and multi-instrumentalist Elephant Castle about new release ‘French Food’ and the unerring consistency of his tracks
Since ‘Cool To Be Unhappy’ was released in 2020, the first offering from Phil Danyew’s retro-inspired indie rock project Elephant Castle, CLOUT have repeatedly championed the artist and his refreshing and unerringly consistent contributions to the genre. With release after release, Elephant Castle has added more and more spacious and beguiling pieces of work to their catalogue and slowly turned into an outfit stacked full of huge tunes.
The latest of which is brand new release ‘French Food’, a playful and unique take on the “quarantine song” that sees mid-lockdown Phil looking back on what life was like before the restrictions and the luxuries that we can tend to take for granted. There is a quintessential Elephant Castle sound now that has been established and this track has that DNA running throughout it, Elephant Castle prides itself on recording with the limitations and restrictions that artist’s of the 60s had and creating a thoroughly real, human sound that feels free from the meticulous obsession with perfection that has grown more prevalent in recent day. The biggest compliment that you could pay to these tracks is that this isn’t really something that you would notice unless you were told prior, and yet these tracks fizz with a real sense of life and purpose. We had a chat with Phil about his new release and his thoughts about the project, now seven singles down the line.