Dundalk, County Louth
Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke has three variations; playing the same set but with different musical and vocal arrangements, making for intriguing live shows. Elephant may be a soloist looping effected guitars and vocals to create lush, layered music. A duo, offering intimate acoustic guitar, piano and synthesizer, tied with colourful melody and harmonies. Or the newest venture, Elephant as a full band. A dynamic retelling of the debut album that can get a little louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to while still retaining the nuance and intimacy of the solo or duo 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 2014 performances with Martha Wainwright, on the Other Voices trail in Dingle and 2015 performances at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.
On the back of his critically lauded debut album “HyperGiant”, Shane is already working on the follow-up, expected to be released this summer.
"Irish Times Release of the Week" - Nialler9
"As natural and honest an album as we’re likely to hear this year...Elephant’s debut is something very special indeed." 9/10 - The Last Mixed Tape
"..with HyperGiant, Shane Clarke has given the tail end of 2015 an incredible and very welcome shot in the arm." 4/5 - State.ie
"What a little gem of an album." 10/10 - Unsigned & Independent Magazine
"...an exemplary landmark Irish recording" Remys Music & Film