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Elefant
Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
Kemado Records / Hollywood Records
www.elefantweb.com


If only all garage rock were this melodic and poppy, I would be a much happier music critic. The clean musical lines, the thick and meaty bass lines, the brilliant guitars, and the rich vocals all backed by wonderful keyboard enhancements makes for a very enjoyable listening experience. My original supposition was that this band hails from Sweden. No one else on earth can make bright garage rock like those Swedes, God bless them. But I was wrong - lead singer Diego Garcia is from Argentina and put the band together in NYC back in 2001. This music is far too perfect to be from the streets of New York.

"You finally take your makeup off/ I like your eyes/ You finally take your lipstick off/ I like your smile/ You get up and dance around the room/ My eyes are on you…" a perfect way to begin a great record, this simple and clever love song. Xylophonic keyboards offset the always-present bass guitar and chiming guitars. Garcia's vocals are clear and distinctive, rich with a seductive innocence when singing about romance and the glories of youth. These songs are pop gems, luxurious in their aural qualities as well as their lyrical content. Who doesn't need more three minute songs about being young and being in love?

I'm not entirely sure how I missed this record the first time around, but after numerous listens I can find no faults in this debut record from Elefant, recently re-released on Hollywood Records. My hope is that what this means is that there is new music from Elefant that will soon be released. Because now I'm hooked. I can't get enough of this great music. I want more. Soon.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. Make Up
2. Now That I Miss Her
3. Misfit
4. Bokkie
5. Tonight Let's Dance
6. Static On Channel 4
7. Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
8. Annie
9. Love
10. Ester


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