May Music Discovery: Elegant Animals

For the month of May, you’re getting all new music all the time! Stay tuned all month for artist recommendations you might not already know about!

Lucky for me, my roommate and good friend just started interning at one of Philly’s awesome studios, The Headroom, this past Sunday. After day one, he came home and told me about an album that engineers Kyle Pulley and Joe Reinhart recently worked on with local electronic group, Elegant Animals. Comprised of writers and producers, Julien Franklin and Brandon Shockley, this group creates some really unique music that I discovered just in time for our “May Music Discovery”.

“Patter” starts off their debut full length Carnivora in a slow-moving haze that is initially intriguing in its soulful vocal delivery from Franklin. After that, Elegant Animals get overall more upbeat  and energetic, resulting in an album that is all around fun to listen to. They take vibes from R&B, soul, and hip-hop, and then warp that into something that is pretty hard to classify into a single genre. There’s a lot going on in every song, and the emotion of the vocals and lyrics come through in the subtle explosions of delicately-layered combinations of instruments, see “Might As Well” and “Real”. For more explosive (less subtle) moments, check out “Burma/The Womb,” where the bass thumps loud along with organic guitar work, and “Through The Motions” for a wall of electronic fuzz.

Download Carnivora on bandcamp, iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

Image via bandcamp.

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