Arrival Of The New Elders is in contrast to something Norwegian trio Elephant9 have finished earlier than. Beforehand, their jazz-prog mélange was as full-on because it may very well be. Attacking, laborious and heavy. Now, a beforehand unfamiliar pensiveness has been revealed.
Whereas Elephant9’s sixth studio album nonetheless feels like keyboard participant Ståle Storløkken, bassist Nikolai Eilertse and drummer Torstein Lofthus, there’s a extra measured, clearly much less improvised method. Tempi are slower and the interaction between the gamers is simpler to discern. There’s a brand new house too. Storløkken performs extra electrical piano than earlier than, utilizing the Hammond organ extra sparingly than beforehand. Eilertse and Lofthus usually are not hammering their devices into the ground. Presumably, the album’s title isn’t a declaration that they’ve joined a cult however as an alternative signposts the recent method.
The change in type has resulted in an album which continuously comes throughout as an askew tackle the music from Seventies TV cop exhibits. “Photo voltaic Tune”, the closing monitor, might soundtrack The Streets of San Francisco. The title monitor suggests crepuscular, nefarious goings-on. “Ceremony of Accession” and the tranquil but moody “Sojourn” have a giallo edge. However all through, the acquainted Elephant9 fidgetiness and tricksiness maintain issues off stability.
Their final albums have been the studio-quality stay units Psychedelic Backfire I and II, on which their again catalogue was reinterpreted – they acted as profession best-ofs. Now, it’s clear each have been markers which enabled the trio to impact a reset. The press launch for Arrival Of The New Elders says the trio “had taken their groovy mixture of excessive vitality rock and energy jazz so far as they may.” Welcome, then, to the brand new Elephant9.