Elegant Elephant – “Cogwheel”


Elegant Elephant are a band from Stockholm, Sweden, formed in early 2017. They recently released their first single “Cogwheel,” a fun and melodic success that reminds of a cross between ’90s Brit-pop and modern indie psych-rock. The initial verses bear a likeness to early Blur in the enthusiastic guitar tones and suave vocal approach, the fuzzy hook at the one-minute mark standing out especially. 02:21 onward brings forth some striking tonal shifts, casting a fairly ominous feel with ample percussive fervor. It’s a beautifully unsettling interlude that leads seamlessly back into the catchy, Brit-pop-like sounds of the beginning. I’m digging this band’s sound quite a bit.

“Cogwheel” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2018’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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