Artist: Elephant Wrecking Ball

Album: Barren Serenade

Release Date: 2014-07-01

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about the album

Like the Daliesque pachyderm-scape that adorns its cover, Boston-born trio Elephant Wrecking Ball (EWB) will stretch and knead your musical frame of reference with Barren Serenade - their first release on Ropeadope Records. From the opening notes of "Stomp Stomp Stomp", trombonist Scott Flynn coaxes you in like a ringmaster, as the rhythm section sears velvety basslines into your subconscious. Dub architect Craig Welsch (10-foot ganja plant, Avett Brothers, Kevin Kinsella) lends his ear and deft hands to the mix, while guest appearances by former and current John Brown's Body players Mike Keenan and Drew Sayers add additional free-form complexity to tracks "Five Bucks" and "This is How We Slow Dance". The album is punctuated by two remixes of EWB songs by audio ninjas Ben Sword and Scott Hannay. Barren Serenade is an album to revisit repeatedly, peeling back new layers of etherial mayhem with every listen.

about the artist

An amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub, and otherworldly sounds, Elephant Wrecking Ball transports listeners into familiar yet uncharted musical territories. A tight and disciplined drum and bass combo provide a ground shaking foundation on which an effect-laden trombone applies layers of ethereal mayhem, spinning audiences into a state of submission and head-nodding satisfaction. The word “unique” understates what awaits when you float into the aggressively nurturing, deliberately cosmic soundscape created by this Boston-born trio.